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Cherenkov Telescope Array

Exploring the Universe at the Highest Energies

About

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy at very-high energies. With more than 100 telescopes located in the northern and southern hemispheres, CTA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive high-energy gamma-ray observatory.

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Science

CTA’s unique capabilities will help to address some of the most perplexing questions in astrophysics, seeking to understand the origin and role of relativistic cosmic particles, probe extreme environments and explore physics frontiers.

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Project

The project is well advanced – working prototypes exist or are under construction for all the telescope designs and significant site characterization has been undertaken. CTA will build on the technology of current ground-based detectors, utilizing three classes of telescopes to cover CTA’s energy range. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.

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