Discoveries From the First 2 years of VERITAS Observations

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Date/Time:Monday, 28 Sep 2009 from 4:10 pm to 5:10 pm
Location:Physics, Room 3
Phone:515-294-9901
Channel:Colloquium
Categories:Lectures
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Frank Krennrich (Iowa State University)

Twenty years after the discovery of the first TeV Gamma Ray source in the sky, namely the detection of the Crab Nebula in 1989, Very High Energy (VHE-) astronomy has become a reality and provides an opportunity to probe the processes that generate relativistic particles in
the Universe.
The key science objectives of VHE-astronomy include astrophysics and particle physics; the understanding of the origin of cosmic rays, the search for supersymmetric dark matter self-annihilation, the
connection between black holes and relativistic jets and constraints to the cosmological diffuse infrared background.

I will provide a summary of the results from the first two years of observations
with the VERITAS 4-telescope array. Finally, I will discuss the motivations and
the concept of next generation large arrays such as AGIS and CTA.