Cherenkov Telescope Array CTA project
is an initiative to build 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.
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.
The CTA Observatory
is designed and developed by the International CTA Consortium which has been growing steadily,
currently encompassing more than 1350 scientists and engineers from 210 institutes in 32 countries worldwide.
The INAF/IASF-Palermo Institute strongly contributes to the CTA project through the
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:
Melania Del Santo
Nino La Barbera
Valentina La Parola
Giovanni La Rosa
Maria Concetta Maccarone
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