Eduardo Colombo, Marina Manganaro, Mónica Vázquez Acosta, Gaia Vanzo, Javier Herrera Llorente, Josefa Becerra González, Alicia López Oramas, Alejandro Reina Conde, Elodie Tiouchichine
IAC Collaborators: Artemio Herrero Davó, José Miguel Rodríguez Espinosa
The members of the Particle Astrophysics Group of the IAC participate actively in three large international collaborations of high-energy astrophysics: AMS (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer), the Cherenkov radiation telescopes MAGIC I and II, and the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) AMS is a particle detector designed to operate in space, onboard the International Space Station. It was successfully installed on the station on May 2011, and will operate during its lifetime. It is aimed at carrying out a high precision and high statistics study of the spectrum and composition of primary cosmic rays within a wide range of energies, as well as to look for primordial antimatter and dark matter in an indirect way.
The MAGIC Collaboration is integrated by 20 research institutes and university departments from Armenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and USA. The collaboration comprises two 17m diameter telescopes, located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, designed to measure the Cherenkov radiation associated with atmospheric showers from very high-energy gamma rays.
CTA is a major international collaboration for building two large Cherenkov observatories at North and South Hemispheres. Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma has been selected to host the Northern observatory. Its construction has begun in 2016. We are presently finishing building the first large-size telescope, which will be inaugurated in October 2018.
- The construction of the LST1 telescope of CTA started at the ORM. It is expected its inauguration in October 2018.
- Participation in the multi-frequency study of the counterpart of the first detected gravitational wave by LIGO: GW170817.
- The international "CTA General Meeting, LA Palma 2017" took place with about 240 attendees.