Travel Support for the CTA Project 05/11-1/12

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy


The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a planned new observatory for the highest energy photons known: very high energy gamma-rays. CTA is much more sensitive and precise than any previous gamma-ray observatory and is expected to provide discoveries on topics as diverse as the detection of dark matter, the origin of cosmic rays and the nature of gamma-ray bursts. This grant would provide support for UK scientists to travel to CTA meetings and participate in the design of the CTA observatory.

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Description CTA 
Organisation Max Planck Society
Department Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) project is a global ~£200M project to construct a next generation ground-based gamma-ray observatory. Over 1000 scientists in 27 countries are involved.
Collaborator Contribution Contributions to all aspects of the project so far including design, optimisation, prototyping. Leadership roles in the project including Project Scientist.
Impact An optimised design for the instrument. A place in all major roadmaps for Astronomy and Astroparticle Physics A special issue of the journal Astroparticle Physics.
Start Year 2006