Near Irkutsk began building the largest telescope in the world

On the astrophysical site in Tunkinskaya Valley (Buryatia) is building a telescope TUNKA-HiSCORE

Back in April, Irkutsk physicists have for the project "Gamma-ray astronomy multi-TeV energies and the origin of galactic cosmic rays," Russian Ministry of Education grant of 90 million rubles. These funds have already started the construction of new optical stations and stations for the detection of charged particles.

The value of the project for Russia is that our scientists do not have to travel to other countries to work on accelerators, and leading European research centers will make a huge material and intellectual contribution to the creation of astrophysical settings. 

At present, 25 students and staff Institute of Applied Physics and Physics Department of the Irkutsk State University are working on astrophysical range.

— The construction of ten new optical stations and twenty stations for detection of charged particles produced by the interaction of cosmic rays and gamma-rays from high-energy atmosphere. With the construction of these detectors will be used in equipment worth 92 million rubles, arrived from Germany, — the co-director of the project, director of the Institute of Applied Physics, Irkutsk State University professor Nicholas weekdays.

Director of the "mega-project" is a well-known astrophysicist at the Physics Institute of the Max Planck (Germany) Razmik Mirzoyan. He has extensive experience in the field of large facilities, as in the creation of industrial designs of new devices with unique characteristics.

Within three years Mirzoyan will work in the Irkutsk State University for at least four months a year. In mid-August, is expected to arrive in the first Tunkinskaya valley on astrophysical ground, said the ISU.

The purpose of the project — search and study of galactic accelerators by gamma-ray astronomy and cosmic ray physics at record levels for this time of sensitivity.

In recent years, gamma-ray astronomy has become the most rapidly developing area of high-energy astrophysics with many of the major fundamental results, experts say.


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