Research ArticlesVolume 8, Spring 2014

Cherenkov Telescope Array Mirror Alignment Report

Francis Toriello

The VERITAS Group, Department of Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA


Introduction The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is a groundbased observatory for gamma rays with very high energy characteristics within the range of 10 GeV to 100 TeV. It is currently still under development. As the title of the project suggests, it takes advantage of the Cherenkov radiation that is produced by the gamma ray’s interaction with the earth’s upper atmosphere, similar to the guiding physical principles of VERITAS. The primary differences are that CTA will feature more telescopes and possess a larger energy range.