MILAGRO -- A TeV Air Shower Array

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Session 71 -- Instruments and Techniques
Oral presentation, Thursday, 10:30-12:00, Durham Room

[71.06] MILAGRO -- A TeV Air Shower Array

\def\kov{\v{C}erenkov } \def\mil{MILAGRO } J.Goodman (U. Maryland), S.~Barwick, S.D.~Biller, A.~Shoup, G.B.~Yodh (U.C.Irvine), R.L.~Burman, C.M.~Hoffman, D.E.~Nagle, V.D.~Sandberg, D.M.~Schmidt C.~Sinnis, D.D.~Weeks, D.H.~White (LANL), M.~Cavalli-Sforza, D.G.~Coyne, D.E.~Dorfan, L.A.~Kelley, S. Klein, D.A.~Williams (U.C.Santa Cruz), C.Y.~Chang M.L.~Chen, C.L.~Dion, J.A.~Goodman, T.J.~Haines, (U.Maryland), R.W.~Ellsworth (George Mason U.), S.J.~Freedman (Argonne N.L.), R.C.~Lamb (Iowa St.~U.), A.I.~Mincer, P.~Nemethy (New York U.), T.J.~O'Neill, O.T.~Tumer, A.~Zych (U.C.Riverside)

This paper describes how data from a proposed water \kov detector called \mil can shed light on a variety of interesting problems in astrophysics. \mil has the capability to make observations of VHE/UHE emission from the recently discovered TeV gamma-ray signal from Markarian~421, an Active Galactic Nucleus. These can be used to make the first measurement of the intergalactic infrared radiation. We will also describe how \mil can improve the existing limits on the density of Primordial Black Holes by three orders of magnitude. Finally, we will discuss how this instrument can be used to measure the diffuse galactic emission of gamma-rays which must be present in the disk.\\

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