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Paper: The MAGIC Cherenkov Telescope for Gamma-Ray Astronomy
Volume: 327, Satellites and Tidal Streams
Page: 52
Authors: Flix, J.; MAGIC Collaboration, for the
Abstract: The Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov telescope (MAGIC) is in its commissioning phase and will start to become fully operative by the end of 2003. Located at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain), it is the Cherenkov telescope with the largest reflecting area (17 m diameter) in existence. New technologies have been used to reduce the energy threshold for gamma-ray detection to about 30 GeV. Due to its characteristics, the catalogue of very high energy sources will considerably increase with the MAGIC observations, anticipating exciting results for the near future. An overview of the telescope, its current status, and first results, together with a highlight of the scientific research, is presented.
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