g-ray Observatory - CANGAROO Project

Funded under the International Collaboration Project of the
MNRF Program

Proposer: J Patterson


The Australian - Japanese CANGAROO project, located at Woomera, studies the most energetic objects in the universe by observing the Cerenkov radiation produced by g-rays entering Earthís atmosphere. A primary aim is to contribute to the understanding of the origin and acceleration mechanisms of cosmic rays. Two telescopes are presently used, and the University of Adelaide collaborates with 11 Japanese universities. The Japanese Government is also funding a new $3M telescope for the Woomera facility, and the MNRF allocation will be used as a local contribution to the project planning and initial construction phases. Weekly meetings with local engineering consultants are being held and soil testing is under way preparatory to construction of the telescope foundation and pedestal. Work on the concrete foundation is expected to begin around the end of August 1998. Despite some development delays, it is expected that installation of the telescope assembly will begin by the end of the year.

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