Cherenkov’s telescope from all sides

Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 5. 4. 2024

Two Cherenkov telescopes are located at the Ondřejov observatory. What makes them unique? Cherenkov telescopes are capable of capturing high-energy gamma rays, which cannot be detected in any other way. The telescopes are operated by the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Palacký University in Olomouc, the Henryk Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the University of Geneva and other institutions of the SST-1M consortium.

It is the very first and unique installation of imaging Cherenkov telescopes of high-energy gamma radiation in the territory of the Czech Republic. The two telescopes are among the largest telescopes in our country. The observing program will contribute to the understanding of a whole range of fundamental questions about the universe: how do the most powerful cosmic accelerators work? What is the nature of cosmic rays or dark energy? What is the role of black holes?

Detector of the Cherenkov telescope, working for sst-1m project

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