14-17 December 2014
Dr. Holms Hotel, Geilo, Norway
Europe/Zurich timezone

High-energy gamma-ray astronomy and dark matter searches with Imaging Air Cherenkov observatories: Status and prospects

16 Dec 2014, 19:00
40m
Dr. Holms Hotel, Geilo, Norway

Dr. Holms Hotel, Geilo, Norway

Speaker

Robert Wagner (Stockholm University)

Description

In recent years, ground-based very-high energy (E>50 GeV) gamma-ray instruments like H.E.S.S., MAGIC, and VERITAS have taken on a major role in high-energy astrophysics. The high sensitivity and performance parameters, still far from the limits of the observation technique though, have lead to the detection and enabled studies of more than 100 sources of various source populations. The instruments are also well suited for the indirect searches for dark matter and have conducted major search programs in the last years. Building on their success, Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a project for a next-generation observatory for very high energy (GeV-TeV) ground-based gamma-ray astronomy, currently in its design phase, and foreseen to be operative a few years from now. In the talk, the observation technique and current status of the field is reviewed and selected recent scientific results are highlighted. I will also review the status of dark matter searches and prospects for CTA.

Primary author

Robert Wagner (Stockholm University)

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