This White Paper presents the status of the Swiss participation in CTAO and a view of the areas of scientific interest of Swiss researchers.
The Swiss CTAO collaboration unifies more than 35 researchers in dfferent institutions: the University of Geneva, Zürich and Bern, and in the federal institutes of technology ETHZ and EPFL. The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano will host one of the four CTAO off-site data centres.
The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) is the next generation of gamma-ray astronomy research infrastructure. It will unravel the mysteries of extreme astrophysical environments in partnership with new astronomy facilities chasing neutrinos and gravitational waves. And together with the large ground and space-based observatories it will explore radiation from the radio band to gamma rays.
CTAO is a landmark of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) and has the highest priority in the roadmap of the Astroparticle Physics European Consortium (APPEC). It will be built and operated by the CTAO European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) for the next three decades, starting from August 2023.
Authors: Prof. Dr Teresa Montaruli, Dr Roland Walter