Gamma-ray astronomy with the high energy stereoscopic system (H.E.S.S.)

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Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 1014000 SEK


Since the beginning of 2009, the present applicants are members of the collaboration that built and operate the air cherenkov telescope HESS, which is imaging the high energy gamma-ray sky between an energy of about 100 GeV and several TeV. In this way, Sweden was offered the unexpected opportunity to participate in the probably most successful astroparticle physics experiment of the decade. HESS has just completed five years of continuous operations. Prior to HESS only a single galactic and a few sources of extragalactic gamma-rays were known. This number has increased by one order of magnitude. Swedish scientists greatly benefit from having access to the unique, high quality data set which is available. The aim of the present application is to enhance the possibility for Swedish groups to profit from HESS data by providing us with personnel and means to sustain collaborative work. The physics questions which we plan to address with the collected data are among the most tantalizing in modern physics: the nature of the enigmatic yet ubiquitous Dark Matter, the origin of cosmic rays and the of mystery of Gamma-ray bursts.

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