Conference talk Elina Lindfors

Elina Lindfors
Finnish Centre for astronomy
Cherenkov Telescope Array - A Sensitive Probe of the Extreme Universe

The current generation of imaging air cherenkov telescopes (IACTs),
MAGIC, H.E.S.S. and VERITAS, has revolutionized our knowledge of the
very high energy (VHE, defined here as >100 GeV) gamma-ray
universe. In 2003 only 6 VHE gamma-ray sources were known. Today,
thanks to the IACTs, over a hundred such Galactic and extragalactic
sources have been discovered: supernova remnants, pulsars and pulsar
wind nebulae, active galactic nuclei (AGN), radio galaxies and
starburst galaxies. Often these discoveries challenged current
theoretical models and changed our understanding how these objects
operate. The IACT discoveries have paved way for a highly ambitious
new plan: the huge Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), which will have an
order of magnitude better sensitivity than the current experiments. It
will be the first open access IACT Observatory in the world. In this
talk I give an overview of the status of the CTA project and some
highlights of its science goals.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:50 - 10:40