Profs Justin Vandenbroucke and Jay Gallagher receive UW2020 award to develop instrumentation for studying the highest energy photons

The highest energy photons in the universe are gamma rays that carry essential information capable of answering leading questions in astrophysics and particle physics.  Thanks to an innovative technique combining aspects of astronomy and particle physics, it is possible to detect gamma rays from the ground, when they collide with Earth’s atmosphere and produce a fleeting (a few billionths of a second in duration) flash of blue Cherenkov light

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