News

Latest announcements about Astroparticle Physics at DESY as well as important research or technical news can be found here:

26 January 2019

Prototype of new gamma ray telescope inaugurated

A novel gamma-ray telescope could enhance the capabilities of the planned Cherenkov Telescope Array: The prototype of the Schwarzschild Couder Telescope (pSCT) was recently inaugurated at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) in Arizona. DESY is a member of the international consortium that designed and built the telescope.



The Cherenkov Telescope Array will be the world's largest ...

24 January 2019

Scientists explore gamma-rays from “superbubble”

An international scientific team, including Stefan Ohm from DESY, used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to reveal how very-high-energy (VHE) gamma rays are produced by the 30 Doradus C “superbubble”, an astronomical phenomenon on the Southern sky and the only one of its kind visible in VHE gamma-rays. The energetic radiation is the product of the interaction of fast electrons with ambient light, ...

27 December 2018

Astroparticle physics to become research division at DESY

DESY is expanding its activities for the exploration of the universe. As the new year begins, the research centre, which is a member of the Helmholtz Association, is setting up a new research division for astroparticle physics. The director in charge of astroparticle physics will be Christian Stegmann, who is also the head of DESY’s Zeuthen site. This means that in future DESY will have four research ...

20 December 2018

Green light for construction of world's largest gamma-ray observatory

The signing of the final agreements has paved the way for the start of construction of the southern hemisphere Cherenkov Telescope Array CTA in Chile. In the international project, DESY is responsible for the development and the construction of CTA's medium-sized telescopes, the “workhorses” among the three different CTA telescope types. Also, DESY will host the CTA's Science Data Management ...

17 December 2018

Graduate School for Multimessenger Astronomy

The Helmholtz Association is funding an international graduate school for multi-messenger astronomy, which DESY is organising together with the Humboldt University Berlin, the University of Potsdam and the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Science. The concept convinced the reviewers in a two-stage selection process. Multi-messenger astronomy is the term used to describe the observation of the universe via various ...

10 December 2018

Making KONTAKT with the public

A new nationwide particle physics education and communication project called KONTAKT, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), will be launched on 1 January 2019. Its primary goal is to introduce young people, but also the interested general public, to the physics of the smallest particles. Scientists from 30 universities and research institutes in Germany are cooperating in the project ...

27 November 2018

Young people explore cosmic rays worldwide

The International Cosmic Day will take place for the seventh time on November 29, 2018. Teachers and scientists at more than 60 schools, universities and research institutions in over 15 countries will guide young people from all over the world through experiments on the cosmic particles that fly through us unnoticed all the time. International research experiments, such as ATLAS in Geneva and IceCube at the ...

10 October 2018

First CTA telescope inaugurated

On the canary island of La Palma, the first gamma-ray telescope on a site of the future Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Observatory has been inaugurated. More than 200 guests from around the world gathered for the event on Wednesday. The telescope, tagged LST-1, is intended to become the first of four Large-Sized Telescopes (LST) on the northern site of the CTA Observatory, which is located on the existing site ...

29 August 2018

Science meets art: Astroparticle Immersive Synthesizer³ – AIS³ [aiskju:b]

The science inspired light and sound installation [aiskju:b] has celebrated its premiere in Berlin. The “Astroparticle Immersive Synthesizer³ – AIS³ [aiskju:b]” created by the concept artist Tim Otto Roth picks up structure and function of the neutrino telescope IceCube in the perpetual ice of Antarctica that spies for high-energy cosmic particles called neutrinos. DESY, the largest ...

12 July 2018

Breakthrough in the search for cosmic particle accelerators

Using an internationally organised astronomical dragnet, scientist have for the first time located a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly elementary particles that travel billions of light years through the universe, flying unaffected through stars, planets and entire galaxies. The joint observation campaign was triggered by a single neutrino that had been recorded by the IceCube neutrino telescope at ...