VERITAS Gamma Ray Observatory

VERITAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) is a new major ground-based gamma-ray observatory with an array of four 12 m optical reflectors for gamma-ray astronomy in the energy range of 50 GeV - 50 TeV.

The new telescope design will be based on the design of the existing 10m gamma-ray telescope of the Whipple Observatory. It will consist of an array of imaging telescopes which will be deployed such that they will permit the maximum versatility and will give the highest sensitivity in the 50 GeV - 50 TeV band (with maximum sensitivity from 100 GeV to 10 TeV). In this band critical measurements of SNRs and AGNs will be made. This VHE observatory will effectively complement GLAST well into the next millennium.