MARS, the MAGIC Analysis and Reconstruction Software

Research paper by A. Moralejo, M. Gaug, E. Carmona, P. Colin, C. Delgado, S. Lombardi, D. Mazin, V. Scalzotto, J. Sitarek, D. Tescaro, for the MAGIC collaboration

Indexed on: 06 Jul '09Published on: 06 Jul '09Published in: arXiv - Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics


With the commissioning of the second MAGIC gamma-ray Cherenkov telescope situated close to MAGIC-I, the standard analysis package of the MAGIC collaboration, MARS, has been upgraded in order to perform the stereoscopic reconstruction of the detected atmospheric showers. MARS is a ROOT-based code written in C++, which includes all the necessary algorithms to transform the raw data recorded by the telescopes into information about the physics parameters of the observed targets. An overview of the methods for extracting the basic shower parameters is presented, together with a description of the tools used in the background discrimination and in the estimation of the gamma-ray source spectra.