High Energy Astrophysics Facility in Canarias


High Energy Astrophysics Facility in Canarias, established on April 1, 2019 in La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain is the actual base of international collaborations on CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array) project co-hosted by CTA group of ICRR.

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) is the next generation ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy at very-high energies, participated by more than 1400 researchers from 31 countries. With more than 100 telescopes located in the northern and southern hemispheres, CTA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive high-energy gamma-ray observatory. The CTAJapan consortium is making a significant contribution to the construction of Large-sized Telescopes (LSTs), four proto types of which are planned to construct at northern hemisphere site in La Palma. The first LST was completed and made the first light at the end of December of 2018.

Establishment of the local corporation assets were needed for daily activities such as local procurement and employment to manage and operate the site. High Energy Astrophysics Facility in Canarias was established as a room inside the building of CALP (The Centro de Astrofísica en La Palma), a branch of IAC (Instituto de Astrofisca de Canarias).