Gamma Ray Astrophysics

The High-Energy Astrophysics group is part of the VERITAS collaboration which operates an array of four 12-m imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes in southern Arizona. With this instrument they carry out a program of very-high-energy (VHE) gamma-ray astronomy, observing photons with energy in the range from 50 GeV to 50 TeV. Sources of such photons are among the most violent and exotic in the Universe and include supernova remnants and pulsar wind nebula in our galaxy, as well as blazar-class active galactic nuclei (AGNs) at cosmological distances. The group also develops instrumentation for the VERITAS detector including calibration and characterization devices and is involved in plans for the next generation telescope array AGIS.

 


Faculty Members

Hanna, David

Professor of Physics
Office: ERP 341
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Ragan, Ken

Professor of Physics
Office: ERP 344
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