Projects

The group concentrates all its efforts and manpower in the two major research projects in the VHE gamma-ray field, namely the MAGIC and CTA observatories, both using the ground-based Gamma-Ray Cherenkov technique.

MAGIC is an observatory composed by two Cherenkov telescopes located in the Observatory Roque de los Muchachos on the Canary Island of La Palma. This is one of the world’s largest facilities of its kind. The MAGIC design  phase began in 1996 and saw its first light in 2004, initially with a single telescope. During 2009, a second twin telescope was installed at the same site. More information on MAGIC can be found in http://www.magic.iac.es, http://magic.mppmu.mpg.de/. The GAE participates in the collaboration since the project started with instrumentation designs, operational support as well as analysis tasks and scientific production, in the later with special focus on Pulsars and Pulsar Wind Nebulae physics, Blazar studies and Dark Matter searches.

CTA is a project aimed to build a next generation Cherenkov telescope, which is expected to be open to the entire scientific community unlike previous Cherenkov instruments. CTA will be composed by two arrays of telescopes, one array will be located in the southern hemisphere (Chile) and another one in the northern hemisphere (La Palma). These two arrays will help in covering the whole sky. The CTA sensitivity will improve by an order of magnitude with respect to current experiments, and will cover a much wider energy range. The project is in the prototyping phase with an active participation of our group, which concentrates on telescope camera signal processing, observatory data modeling, and advanced data analysis techniques. More information on CTA can be found at http://www.cta-observatory.org/

The UCM-GAE group joined the Campus de Excelencia Internacional – Moncloa (CEI-M) in 2010, where has coordinated efforts with other groups, in order to reinforce the Laboratorio de Instrumentación Científica Avanzada – LICA thematic activity.