Cherenkov Telescope Array at UZH

The Cherenkov Telescope Array will comprise more than 100 telescopes of three different sizes.

The Cherenkov Telescope Array

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a next generation facility for the detection of the most energetic gamma-rays from space, signatures of astrophysical particle acceleration. 

 

CTA will comprise more than 100 telescopes of three different sizes; large, medium and small; with mirror diameters of 23m, 12m and 4m respectively.

At UZH, we are involved with the development of FlashCam, a prototype camera for the medium-sized telescopes of CTA. In September 2018, FlashCam was successfully tested on a prototype telescope. 

We are also involved in CTA software development for calibration and data analysis. 

Pulsar Wind Nebulae

HESS J1825-137: a pulsar wind nebula with clear energy-dependent morphology in VHE gamma-rays, a signature of electron cooling

The pulsar wind nebula HESS J1825-137 reduces in size with increasing energy. See the full study for more details. 

 

Pulsar Wind Nebulae are a common source class of astrophysical very high energy (VHE) gamma-rays.

Copious amounts of leptons (electrons and positrons) are produced in the immediate environment of the pulsar. These leptons interact with the surrounding medium to produce gamma-rays, detectable at Earth. 

The leptons lose energy as they travel away from the source, leading to signature energy-dependent morphology, such as seen in the pulsar wind nebulae HESS J1825-137. 

 

The CTA group web pages are currently under development.

The old web pages can be found here.