We have produced 500 l of hydrophobic silica aerogel for the threshold-type
Cherenkov detectors to trigger kaons in the momentum region of 0.5-2.0 GeV
/c. The refractive index of the products is 1.034 with piece by piece varia
tion of +/- 0.004. The transmission length is found to be 25 +/- 4 mm at 40
0 nm. The details of the production scheme and the characteristics of the p
roduced silica aerogel are reported. We also describe our studies of the li
ght collection schemes of the aerogel Cherenkov counters. (C) 2001 Elsevier
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