Cherenkov Telescope Array Australia :
Consortium Workshop 4

Western Sydney University - Penrith Observatory, 10 - 11 April 2017


The CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array) is a transformational next step in ground-based TeV (10^12 eV) gamma-ray astronomy. It will utilise the successful methods employed by HESS and others in the field via an array of about 100 imaging Cherenkov telescopes in the Southerm Hemisphere located at Paranal Chile (About 20 telescopes will be in the Northern Hemisphere at La Palma, Canary Islands). CTA will 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. CTA is now in its pre-production phase with the first 10 or so telescopes) to commence construction by end of 2018.

A consortium of six universities (U. Adelaide, UNSW, U. Sydney, U. West. Sydney, ANU, Monash) joined CTA in July 2013. ARC LIEF funding in 2015 and 2017-21 has enabled the consortium to underpin its involvement by contributing hardware to the CTA telescopes. Additional funding from NCRIS (via Astronomy Australia Ltd.) support Australia's engagement in CTA.

Workshop Purpose and Agenda

This 2 day workshop (following on from three previous workshops in 2013, 2015, Apr. 2016, and Sept. 2016 ) will disuss Australia's role in CTA and linkages with Australian activities in other areas of astronomy. The workshop is open to any astronomers interested in CTA and its science.

Venue - Penrith Observatory

The meeting will be held at the Penrith Observatory. This weblink also includes directions to the Observatory (see map). We have pre-booked student rooms at the adjacent WSU Kingswood Campus map. Please contact Miroslav Filipovic to avail yourself of this offer (priority for invited speakers and CTA-Australia members).
Further details concerning the venue and accomodation are linked here


Please register here, indicating if you want to present a talk, and for our catering, any dietary requirements.