From December 11, 2017 13:15 until December 11, 2017 13:45
At Seminar Room
The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the next-generation atmospheric Cherenkov gamma-ray observatory. CTA will study gamma-ray astrophysics with unprecedented sensitivity at energies from 20 GeV to more than 300 TeV. We expect CTA to discover hundreds of new gamma-ray sources, allowing to significantly enhance our understanding of topics such as the origin of cosmic rays, physics in the vicinity of extreme environments like neutron stars, black holes and relativistic jets, and the nature of dark matter. CTA will consist of two installations, one in the southern (Cerro Armazones, Chile) and the other in the northern hemisphere (La Palma, Spain). The two sites will contain dozens of telescopes of different sizes, constituting one of the largest astronomical installation under development. This talk will review the scientific motivation for CTA, as well as the main technological challenges and corresponding solutions required to build the observatory. Specifically, the challenges in designing the software to operate and control the arrays will be discussed.