LSW participation in
The H.E.S.S. project

Very High Energy Gamma Ray Astrophysics

H.E.S.S. is a new system of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes for the investigation of cosmic gamma rays in the 100 GeV energy range. The name H.E.S.S. stands for High Energy Stereoscopic System, and should also remind of Victor Hess, who received in 1936 the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of cosmic radiation. The instrument allows to explore gamma-ray sources with intensities at a level of a few thousandth parts of the flux of the Crab nebula. H.E.S.S. is located in Namibia, near the Gamsberg, an area well known for its excellent optical quality. Phase I of the H.E.S.S. experiment started full operation beginning of 2004, with four identical 12m class Cherenkov telescopes.

The H.E.S.S. project is run by a collaboration of European and African institutions. The Landessternwarte Heidelberg (LSW) is a member of this collaboration. LSW activities with H.E.S.S. are conducted in the group of Prof. S. Wagner.

Job opportunities in the LSW H.E.S.S. group

The H.E.S.S. group at Landessternwarte currently has no vacancies. Please check back for future advertisements.

H.E.S.S. activities at LSW

Multifrequency studies of high energy sources with broad spectral energy distributions are investigated within the

A dedicated optical facility

supports TeV observations on-site.

The LSW H.E.S.S. team is also participating in the preparations for

for which a single 27m class Cherenkov telescope will be added to the H.E.S.S. array.


The group homepage with all group members can be found here:

Related WWW links

Links to other gamma-ray experiments

Atmospheric Cherenkov Experiments Gamma Ray Satellites
Past Experiments Past Experiments
In Operation In Operation
Design phase In Preparation

This page is provided by the H.E.S.S. group of the Landessternwarte Heidelberg.

Its activities are partially supported through

The page is mainained by Gerd Pühlhofer.

Last update of this page on December 20, 2012