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    The ASTRI project

    Introduction

    ASTRI, Astrofisica con Specchi a Tecnologia Replicante Italiana, is a special project (Progetto Bandiera) of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research related to the CTA International Observatory, next generation of the IACT, Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes.
    In this context, INAF (Italian National Institute of Astrophysics) is currently developing a scientific and technological breakthrough to allow the study of the uppermost limit of the Very High Energy gamma-ray domain (a few TeV - hundreds of TeV).

    The ASTRI project includes the full development, installation and calibration of a Small Size class Telescope prototype compliant with the requirements of the CTA High Energy array. Among the number of technological challenges, this telescope, also named ASTRI SST-2M, will be the very first instrument implementing both the Schwarzschild-Couder optical configuration and the Silicon Photomulitplier (SiPM) light sensors for air Cherenkov imaging.

    On 2014 September 24th, at the M.G. Fracastoro Observing Station of the INAF-Catania Astrophysical Observatory at Serra La Nave on mount Etna, Italy, we held the inauguration of the ASTRI SST-2M. It represents a prototype of the 70 Small Size Telescopes to be installed at the CTA Southern site.


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    The ASTRI Team at IASF-Palermo

    The IASF-Palermo personnel is strongly involved in the ASTRI project, both in the management of the entire programme and in specific areas as camera, electronics, performance study, end-to-end calibration of the ASTRI telescopes as well as in the scientific related topics. With different committments and tasks, the following IASF-Palermo personnel is nowadays active part of the ASTRI Collaboration:

    Scientific Staff
    * Osvaldo Catalano
    * Milvia Capalbi
    * Giancarlo Cusumano
    * Melania Del Santo
    * Salvo Giarrusso
    * Domenico Impiombato
    * Nino La Barbera
    * Valentina La Parola
    * Giovanni La Rosa
    * Maria Concetta Maccarone
    * Teresa Mineo
    * Bruno Sacco
    * Pierluca Sangiorgi
    * Alberto Segreto
    * Giuseppe Sottile

    Technical Staff
    * Benedetto Biondo
    * Giacomo Fazio
    * Carmelo Gargano
    * Francesco Russo

    Contact persons:

    • Osvaldo.Catalano at iasf-palermo.inaf.it
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    Publications

    Several technical papers discuss the ASTRI project and its development. A selection of these is downloadable from the Official ASTRI Web pages.

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