The physics motivations and advantages of the new TAIGA (Tunka Advanced Instrument for cosmic ray physics and Gamma Astronomy) detector are presented. TAIGA aims at gamma-ray astronomy at energies from a few TeV to several PeV, as well as cosmic ray physics from 100 TeV to several EeV. For the energy range 30 - 200 TeV the sensitivity of 10 km2 area TAIGA array for the detection of local sources is expected to be 5 10-14 erg cm 2 sec 1 for 300 h of observations. Reconstruction of the given EAS energy, incoming direction and its core position, based on the timing TAIGA-HiSCORE data, allows one to increase a distance between the IACTs up to 600-1000 m. The lowinvestments together with the high sensitivity for energies 30-50 TeV make this pioneering technique very attractive for exploring the galactic PeVatrons and cosmic rays. At present the TAIGA first stage has been constructed in Tunka valley, 50 km West from the Lake Baikal. The first experimental results of the TAIGA first stage are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number01007
Number of pages8
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2018
Event20th International Seminar on High Energy Physics, QUARKS 2018 - Valday, Russian Federation
Duration: 27 May 20182 Jun 2018


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