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Foundation stone laying ceremony of a new generation of high-energy telescopes

Graphic representation of the prototype telescope LST, which will be used to validate the large sized telescopes of the Cherenkov Telescope Array. Image: IAC

Graphic representation of the prototype telescope LST, which will be used to validate the large sized telescopes of the Cherenkov Telescope Array. Image: IAC

13/10/2015

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On Friday 9 October, the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM), on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands), hosted the foundation stone laying ceremony of the biggest Cherenkov telescope in the northern hemisphere, the prototype of the LST (Large Size Telescope) with a diameter of 23 metres. The project is managed by a consortium that includes the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB).

The prototype telescope LST will be used to validate the large sized telescopes of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) and it could become the first telescope of the array if the CTA-North is finally installed on the island of La Palma. The CTA will be a major scientific infrastructure comprising 100 telescopes divided between two observatories (North and South). Thirty countries and around 1500 engineers and scientists participate in it. Its objective is to study the astrophysics of very high energy gamma rays, allowing us to further our knowledge of the most violent and “extreme” aspects of the universe.

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