Astrophysicists from all over the world gather in Växjö in April

H.E.S.S. is one of the leading observatories studying very-high-energy (VHE) gamma-ray astrophysics. In April, one hundred H.E.S.S. scientists will meet at Linnaeus University to discuss the status of the observations, the analyses of the astrophysical sources observed, and the future plans of the observatory.

During 18–22 April 2016, one of the two annual gatherings of the H.E.S.S. Collaboration will take place at Linnaeus University in Växjö. About 100 scientists from all over the world are expected to participate in this meeting, which will feature the status of the observations as well as the future plans of the observatory.

The Astroparticle Physics research group at Linnaeus University is a member of the H.E.S.S. Collaboration since 2013 and actively participates in the H.E.S.S. extra-galactic astronomy research and in various aspects of the analysis.

– Hosting the H.E.S.S. Collaboration meeting is a big event for the Astroparticle Physics group and Linnaeus University, as it is very important to gain visibility in the field in Sweden and on an International level, says Yvonne Becherini, member of the H.E.S.S. Collaboration since 2008, Senior Lecturer and contact person of the H.E.S.S. Collaboration at Linnaeus University.

The High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) is the name of one of the leading observatories studying very high energy (VHE) gamma-ray astrophysics. The name H.E.S.S. is also intended to pay homage to Victor Hess, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1936 for his discovery of cosmic radiation.

H.E.S.S. is a system of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes that investigates cosmic gamma-rays in the energy range from tens of GeV to tens of TeV. The telescopes are located in Namibia, near the Gamsberg mountain, an area well known for its excellent optical quality.

The H.E.S.S. Collaboration counts scientists from twelve countries – Germany, France, United Kingdom, Namibia, South-Africa, Ireland, Armenia, Poland, Australia, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands. Just two weeks ago, the Collaboration published an article in Nature about the discovery of the first so-called Pevatron, a cosmic accelerator in our galactic centre.

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The list of publications of the H.E.S.S. Collaboration may be found at
More information about the H.E.S.S. observatory may be found at

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Image: © Mattias Lorentz, H.E.S.S.