Highlights of recent results from the VERITAS gamma-ray observatory

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Abstract

VERITAS is a major ground-based gamma-ray observatory comprising an array of four 12 meter air Cherenkov telescopes operating at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. Data taking has continued from 2007 with a major camera upgrade completed in 2012 resulting in the current sensitivity to very-high-energy (VHE) gamma rays between 85 GeV and 30 TeV. VERITAS has detected 54 sources (half of which have been discoveries) leading to many significant contributions to the field of VHE astronomy. These proceedings highlight some of the more recent VERITAS results from the blazar and galactic observing programs as well as measurements of the cosmic-ray electron spectrum, constraints on dark matter and a follow-up program for astrophysical neutrinos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number52013
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume718
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 9 2016
Event14th International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics, TAUP 2015 - Torino, Italy
Duration: Sep 7 2015Sep 11 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
VERITAS is supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy Ofice of Science, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution, and by NSERC in Canada. We acknowledge the excellent work of the technical support staff at the FLWO and at the collaborating institutions in the construction and operation of the instrument. The VERITAS Collaboration is grateful to Trevor Weekes for his seminal contributions and leadership in the field of VHE gamma-ray astrophysics, which made this work possible. LFF acknowledges support from NSF Award #PHY-1407326.

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