The northern site of the Pierre Auger Observatory
01 Sep 2011
KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Abstract. The Pierre Auger Observatory studies cosmic ray extensive air showers with energies at and above the EeV range with a hybrid instrument consisting of a surface detector array and air fluorescence telescopes. Science results obtained with the southern observatory located near Malargüe, Province of Mendoza, Argentina, are the driving force to build a second observatory in southeast Colorado (USA) in the rural environment of Lamar. This Auger North Observatory will focus on measurements in the highest energy range above 50 EeV with the highest possible acceptance. As a consequence of the different energy range of the southern and northern sites, the designs of the instruments are different in some aspects. We present the proposed Auger North layout, the changes in the design of the detectors, and the current site activities with the Research and Development Array (RDA).