2-9 July 2014
Valencia, Spain
Europe/Madrid timezone

Physics with the Cherenkov Telescope Array

4 Jul 2014, 17:10
Auditorium 3A ()

Auditorium 3A

Oral presentation Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology


Prof. Tim Greenshaw (Liverpool University)


The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the next generation observatory for ground-based gamma-ray astronomy. Current instruments (HESS, MAGIC and VERITAS) have made huge progress in the observation of cosmic sources of photons in the ~ 50 GeV to ~ 50 TeV energy range using Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes (IACTs). CTA will extend the range of these observations at both low and high energies, will improve their sensitivity by a factor of about 10 and will increase the precision of photon energy and direction measurements. This talk presents briefly the designs of the 23 m, 12 m and 4 m diameter IACTs that CTA will use to achieve this performance, before discussing the impact the array will have on studies of Fundamental and Astroparticle Physics. Topics covered include: searches for Dark Matter (DM) and axion-like particles (ALPs); studies of possible violation of Lorentz invariance; and studies of the sources and acceleration mechanisms of high energy cosmic rays.

Primary author

Prof. Tim Greenshaw (Liverpool University)

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