Laboratory of Astroparticle Physics and Gamma Astronomy was found in the API ISU at June 7th 2013 in framework of contract with the Ministry of Education and Science for carrying our research in field of “Gamma Astronomy of multiTeV energy range and origins of galactic cosmic rays”. The laboratory was established in framework of the Resolution 220 and with the support of the Government of the Russian Federation. Head of the laboratory is Nikolay Budnev.
The laboratory study cosmic rays, their sources and properties, and highly involved in P&D activities related the TAIGA instrument. The team provide simulations of the instrument, develop software and hardware for remote slow control, and design and production of mechanical support structures. The laboratory also provide maintenance of existing detectors and participate in assembling and commissioning of new detectors. The duties of the laboratory is also included shift management.
The main goals are search for and investigation galactic sources of gamma-quanta with energies higher then 20-30 TeV. Detailed goals of the laboratory are listed follow
- search for galactic sources of gamma-quanta with energies higher then 20-30 TeV
- studies of gamma-radiation fluxes from known sources in the energy range of higher than 20-30 TeV at the recorded level of sensitivity
- studies of high energy part of gamma radiation spectrum from the most bright blazars with aim to study gamma-quanta absorption on intergalactic background radiation (infrared and microwave) and search for axion-photon transitions
- search for possible violations of Lorenz-invariance and axion-photon transitions which in new approach to search of dark matter in the Universe