8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 4 Jets and Blazars
Poster, Wednesday, September 8, 2004, 9:00am-10:00pm

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[4.13] Status of the VERITAS ground based GeV/TeV Gamma-Ray Observatory

D. B. Kieda (University of Utah Department of Physics), VERITAS Collaboration

VERITAS is an array of 12-m diameter Imaging atmospheric Cerenkov telescopes for the study of GeV/TeV gamma radiation from astrophysical sources such as AGN, supernova remnants, and dark matter annihilation. The VERITAS telescope array will be located in Horseshoe Canyon on Kitt Peak, Arizona. VERITAS is scheduled to be completed by mid 2006. A prototype telescope has operated at the basecamp of the F.L. Whipple Observatory (Amado, Arizona) during the 2003-2004 season. This telescope was upgraded to full telescope status (with a full reflector area and fully instrumented camera)during the Summer/Fall 2004. We report on the status of the VERITAS observatory, including observations of the Crab Nebula and Mkn 421 by the prototype telescope during the past year. We provide estimates of the energy threshold and the sensitivity of the prototype in comparison to the existing Whipple 10 m telescope.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: kieda@physics.utah.edu

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