Cherenkov Telescope Array Australia :
University of Adelaide, 30 Sept. - 1 Oct 2013
Ground-based TeV gamma-ray astronomy has progressed rapidly in the past decade. There are now over 100 galactic and
extragalactic sources now known representing a variety of extreme non-thermal astrophysical environments. These results,
coming from the current facilities in this field, HESS,
and MAGIC, clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of the stereoscopic
imaging Cherenkov technique.
The CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array) represents the next step in ground-based TeV gamma-ray astronomy. It will utilise
the successful methods employed by HESS and others via an array of over 50 imaging Cherenkov telescopes in the Southerm
Hemisphere (with a
smaller scale array in the Northern Hemisphere). CTA is expected to be at least 10 times more sensitive than HESS, and cover a wider
energy range from about 20 GeV to well over 100 TeV. Many of the key science topics to be advanced by CTA are summarised in this
special edition of the
journal Astroparticle Physics.
Workshop Purpose and Agenda
Australia joined CTA in July 2013 via a consortium of six universities. This workshop will take place over 1.5 days, and
is open to any astronomers based in Australia who are interested in CTA and its science.
An outline agenda and goals of this workshop are as follows:
Monday 30 Sept:
Tuesday 1 Oct:
- 09:00 G. Rowell (Adelaide) CTA overview; Gamma-Ray/ISM Connection; Australian interests slides
- 09:30 V. Stamatescu (Adelaide) Monte Carlo Studies of CTA slides
- 10:00 M. Burton (UNSW) Relevant ISM Surveys CO, CI, C+ slides
- 10:30 Morning tea/coffee (Rm 121 seminar room)
- 11:00 P. Edwards (CSIRO-CASS) Radio facilities in Australia slides
- 11:30 M. White (Adelaide) Dark matter searches with gamma-rays slides
- 12:00 R. Clay (Adelaide) Photodetector characterisation slides
- 12:15 P. Jackson (Adelaide) Fast electronics lab (for ATLAS) slides
- 12:30 Lunch (Rm 121 seminar room)
- 14:00 P. Veitch (Adelaide) LIDAR and atmosphere characterisation slides
- 14:30 M. Brierley (AAL) Astronomy Australia Limited slides
- 14:45 G. Rowell (Adelaide) Funding options & initial ideas slides
- 15:00 Discussion
- 15:30 Afternoon tea/coffee (Rm 121 seminar room)
- 16:00 Discussion cont..
- 17:00? J. Hinton (Leicester - CTA Project Scientist) CTA Status slides
- 17:45 finish...a few wines/beers and then off to dinner somewhere!
The workshop will take place at the University of Adelaide, in the Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre of the Physics Building. See this
link for more details.
- 09:00 continue discussion of plans for funding proposals 2014+ slides
- 10:30 approx Morning tea/coffee (Rm 121 seminar room)
- 12:00 approx finish....
Video links to the meeting will be available via the SeeVogh Research Network. Please
contact Gavin Rowell for connection details.
There is no registration fee but for lunch catering purposes and to note any dietary requirements, please register here.