Cherenkov Telescope Array CTA
the next generation ground-based Very High Energy (VHE) gamma-ray instrument.
Its objective is to
explore in depth our Universe in VHE gamma-rays and
investigate cosmic non-thermal processes, in close cooperation with observatories looking at other
wavelength ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum, and with those using other messengers
such as cosmic rays and neutrinos.
With more than one hundred telescopes located in the northern and southern hemispheres,
assuring full sky coverage, CTA will be the world's largest and most sensitive VHE gamma-ray observatory.
The CTA Observatory will consist of
three types of telescopes with different mirror sizes in order to cover the full energy range of interest;
the design of the array
foresees a factor of 10 improvement in sensitivity in the current VHE gamma-ray domain ranging from
100 GeV to some 10 TeV, and an extension of the accessible energy range from 20 GeV up to 300 TeV.
Moreover, each CTA site will include highly-performance monitoring and calibration devices.
The INAF/IASF-Palermo Institute strongly contributes to the CTA
in several specific CTA areas as definition of array design, requirements,
procedures and use cases, array calibration, simulation and analysis, science,
speaker and publication office, as well as through the
The CTA Team at IASF-Palermo
The IASF-Palermo CTA team was defined at the beginning of 2008
to take part to this adventure.
With different commitments and tasks, the following
IASF-Palermo personnel is nowadays part of the CTA Consortium:
Osvaldo Catalano |
Milvia Capalbi |
Giancarlo Cusumano |
Antonino D'Ai' |
Melania Del Santo |
Salvo Giarrusso |
Domenico Impiombato |
Nino La Barbera |
Valentina La Parola ||
Giovanni La Rosa |
Maria Concetta Maccarone |
Antonio Pagliaro |
Bruno Sacco |
Pierluca Sangiorgi |
Alberto Segreto |
Giuseppe Sottile |
Benedetto Biondo |
Giacomo Fazio ||
Carmelo Gargano |
Francesco Russo |
Osvaldo.Catalano at iasf-palermo.inaf.it
Several papers discuss both the CTA project and the broader scientific goals of gamma-ray astronomy.
A selection of these can be found