During the act the excellent level of scientific collaboration between Japan and Spain was highlighted. These two countries, together with Germany, are the main contributors to the LST consortium. The prototype LST (Large Size Telescope) of 23 m diameter, will be the biggest Cherenkov telescope in the northern hemisphere.
The ceremony took place at the Observatorio Roque de los Muchachos (ORM) on the island of La Palma. During the presentation Fernando Clavijo, President of the Canary Autonomous Regional Government, unveiled a commemorative plaque showing the design and main characteristics of the telescope. During the ceremony there were speeches by Rafael Rebolo, Director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), Takaaki Kajita, Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR, Tokyo), Martín Taño, the Mayor of Garafia, Anselmo Pestana, President of the Cabildo of La Palma, Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, and Kazuhiko Koshikawa, the Ambassador of Japan.
The principal investigator of the telescope, Masahiro Teshima (member of the ICRR, Tokyo, and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich), and Manel Martínez, (member of the IFAE and chair of the steering committee of the LST) explained the main characteristics of the telescope and its importance for cosmic gamma-ray research.
Takaaki Kajita, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2015, stated the CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array) "will be a really key scientific project in the field of high energy and cosmic ray astrophysics, and it must be completed with a common effort"
The prototype LST will be the first telescope of the CTA network when the agreement between Spain and the CTA consortium for the installation of the CTA-North at the Observatorio Roque de los Muchachos (La Palma) is completed.
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