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CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array)

Group members: Patrizia Caraveo, Andrew Chen (up to Oct 2013), Andrea De Luca, Mauro Fiorini, Salvatore Incorvaia, Nicola La Palombara, Nicola Sartore (up to Aug 2013), Luca Stringhetti

A formal international collaboration has been set up, which has now over 1000 members from 27 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. In 2010 the CTA Consortium completed a Design Study and started a three-year Preparatory Phase which should lead to production readiness of CTA in 2014.

To reach its ambitious performance goals, and specifically the wide energy range to be covered, the instrumentation needs to be optimised for three adjacent energy ranges.

A large number of SSTs will be needed and INAF plans to play a major role in CTA by providing a significant fraction of the array of such small telescopes. Currently, the design and construction of an end-to-end prototype is being carried out within the ASTRI flagship project.