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What is VERITAS?

VERITAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) is a ground-based observatory for gamma-ray astronomy in the energy range 50 GeV- 50 TeV. It is an array of four 12m optical reflectors, used to record Cherenkov radiation created by high-energy gamma-ray showers in the atmosphere.

VERITAS is one of the most advanced Cherenkov telescope arrays in the northern hemisphere. Critical measurements of astrophysical sources such as active galactic nuclei, supernova remnants, pulsars, and gamma-ray bursts are made. In addition, VERITAS will probe beyond the standard models of particle physics and cosmology by searching for dark matter, primordial black holes and violation of Lorentz invariance. These measurements will complement GLAST, the next generation satellite telescope, when it launches in mid-2008.

The VERITAS Array

VERITAS Support

VERITAS research is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, NSERC (Canada), PPARC (U.K.) and Science Foundation Ireland.