Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) 

Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a $200M-Euro project for ground-based gamma-ray astronomy. The CTA project is an initiative to build the next generation ground-based very high energy gamma-ray instrument. It will serve as an open observatory to a wide astrophysics community and will provide a deep insight into the non-thermal high-energy universe. It has so far attracted over 1000 scientists and over 25 countries. The CTA-Australia consortium comprises six institutions initially supported by an ARC LIEF grant.

The aims of the CTA can be roughly grouped into three main themes, serving as key science drivers:

  • Understanding the origin of cosmic rays and their role in the Universe
  • Understanding the nature and variety of particle acceleration around black holes
  • Searching for the ultimate nature of matter and physics beyond the Standard Model ​​

The CTA received funds as part of the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).  The NCRIS funds will support Australia’s continued role in designing observing procedures and analysis, investigating atmospheric effects on CTA performance, designing key science projects in large-scale surveys, and commissioning a camera detector (purchased with LIEF funds) for the CTA Small Size Telescopes.

Key Contact

Prof Gavin Rowell, University of Adelaide

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