Gamma rays constitute the most energetic form of the electromagnetic radiation and are also the pointers to cosmic accelerators responsible for the creation and acceleration of the charged cosmic rays. Gamma ray astronomy probes the cosmos at the highest energies, providing views of the universe in the non-thermal domain. The methods of detection include experiments on satellites at lower energies (~10 GeV) and Atmospheric Cerenkov experiments at higher energies (~100 GeV). The energy region in between has not yet been explored and thus, interesting information is expected about the sources in this waveband. To explore this energy domain, experiments can be conducted at high altitudes where the number of Cerenkov photons is quite high. Two such experiments have been envisaged at Hanle under the collaboration of IIA, TIFR and BARC: the High Altitude GAmma Ray (HAGAR) experiment which is in the commissioning stage and the Major Atmospheric Cerenkov Experiment (MACE) in its designing stage.
The Indian Institute of Astrophysics is hosting a two days National Symposium on "Gamma ray Astronomy" aimed at familiarizing the Indian astronomical community with the ground based Gamma ray astronomy and to motivate young researchers into this field. The Symposium is primarily intended for final year postgraduate students, research scholars, postdoctoral fellows and faculties in physical sciences and astronomy from across the nation.
Gamma ray astronomy (new Gamma ray sources, processes for Gamma ray emission, UHE Gamma ray Astronomy, and ground based Gamma ray telescopes HAGAR, MACE, PACT, TACTIC etc.) and also other studies relevant to Gamma ray astronomy like Gamma ray Burst Sources, Supernovae and Supernova Remnants, Active Galactic Nuclei, High Energy Universe, X-ray Astronomy, Cosmic rays and Neutrino Physics.
Interested persons can also present posters on the following topics – all aspects of High Energy Astrophysics, characteristics of Gamma ray sources in different wavebands, theoretical papers on gamma ray emission, cosmic rays etc.
The registrations are closed. All invited participants will be provided free accomodation and meals during the symposium. Request for Travel grant will not be entertained.