Bulgarian CTA-MAGIC Consortium

The Bulgarian CTA-MAGIC Consortium is a joint collaboration between the Laboratory of Particle and Astroparticle Physics of the Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Astronomy Department of Faculty of Physics – Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski". The main goal of the collaboration is to provide possibility for Bulgarian physicists to participate in active international gamma-ray astrophysical experiment MAGIC and in the design and construction of the gamma-experiment of new generation – Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA)  This project is supported by “BULGARIA NATIONAL ROADMAP FOR RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE 2017-2023". 


MAGIC is a system of two Cherenkov telescopes, MAGIC-I and MAGIC-II, completed in 2004 and 2009, respectively. It is located in the Roque de los Muchacos observatory, on the island of La Palma, part of the Canary Islands, at about 2200 m above sea level. These are ground-based telescopes capable of monitoring very high-energy electromagnetic phenomena, in particular γ-rays.

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The CTA will be the most powerful γ-detector, built on the advences of its predecessors (H.E.S.S., VERITAS and MAGIC), and is expected to register over 1,000 new objects. In order to cover the largest possible range of energies, three groups of telescopes are planned: 70 small-sized, 40 medium-sized and 8 large-sized, set at two sites: one in the northern hemisphere (the Canary Islands) and one in the southern hemisphere (Chile).

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