Next Generation Gamma-Ray Astronomy
Ground-based gamma-ray astronomy is a young field with enormous scientific potential. The current generation instruments H.E.S.S., MAGIC and VERITAS have already demonstrated the huge physical potential of astrophysical measurements at teralectronvolt (TeV) energies. They have detected more than 200 sources and discovered new classes of TeV emitters, yielding a wide range of high–impact scientific results.
With its superior performance, the prospects for the CTAO combine guaranteed science – the in-depth understanding of known objects and mechanisms – with a very significant potential for fundamentally new discoveries and new phenomena.
The CTAO will seek to address questions in and beyond astrophysics. These questions fall under three major themes of study:
- Theme 1: Understanding the Origin and Role of Relativistic Cosmic Particles
- Theme 2: Probing Extreme Environments
- Theme 3: Exploring Frontiers in Physics