The CTA CIEMAT group of the MarĂ­a de Maeztu Excellence Unit for Fundamental Research, is part of the CTA Consortium since its creation and is composed of a multidisciplinary team of researchers, engineers and technicians.

The group has two main activities: the development of CTA instrumentation and their scientific exploitation.


Regarding the development of instrumentation, the main activity of the group is the design and construction of critical elements of the CTA large size telescope. In particular the CIEMAT is responsible for the mechanical and environmental control system of the camera, the camera signal synchronization distribution system, and the highest level trigger decision of the  camera implemented in a chip. Furthermore, CIEMAT performs the production of 80% of the mobile components that allow the azimuthal rotation of the telescope, which have to support the 100 tons of weight of the telescope.

In respect of the scientific exploitation, the group develops algorithms for real-time analysis with the goal to react on changes in the properties of the region of the sky under observation. In addition, the group also develops deep-learning algorithms that will improve the sensitivity and resolution of the CTA telescopes for the study of stationary sources.