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MAGIC – Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov Telescope

With a reflector diameter of 17 meters each, the two MAGIC telescopes are the most sensitive Cherenkov telescopes in the world, especially in the energy range below 200 gigaelectronvolts (GeV). Their line of sight is directed at objects that emit gamma rays ranging from 30 GeV to 100 TeV (teraelectronvolts). This means that MAGIC can cover an enormous energy spectrum.

The twin telescopes are located 2,200 meters above sea level on the Canary Island of La Palma where the clear skies and lack of light pollution make for optimal observing conditions. The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) leads the international collaboration of about 165 astrophysicists from 24 research institutions in eleven countries. Together, they are responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of the telescopes. MAGIC allows astrophysicists to obtain first class data for gaining scientific insights into enigmatic objects and the most violent processes in the universe.

The MAGIC telescopes have been in operation since 2003 and 2009 respectively. The MPP played a major role in the development and construction of their mechanical structure, imaging cameras and calibration system.

Since the outset, MAGIC has delivered many valuable scientific discoveries.

Information on the MAGIC Group

News releases


Turbulent processes take place close to supermassive black holes, which lurk in the centres of nearly all galaxies. They swallow up matter flowing in from the outside while at the same time producing so-called gas jets which shoot out into space in two opposite directions. Researchers at the Max…

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The radio galaxy IC 310 in the Perseus constellation is approximately 260 million light years away from Earth. Astronomers assume there is a supermassive black hole at its centre. This black hole was the setting for an extremely powerful outburst of gamma rays which was observed by the MAGIC…

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Group members

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Berti, Alessio

Postdoc 227 224

Besenrieder, Jürgen

Engineering 224 125

Ceribella, Giovanni

PhD-Student 259 233

Chai, Yating

PhD-Student 312 236

Green, David, Dr.

Postdoc 289 235

Hahn, Alexander

PhD-Student 421 234

Heckmann, Lea

PhD-Student 259 233

Huetten, Moritz, Dr.

Postdoc 289 235

Mazin, Daniel, Dr.

Scientist 255 110

Mirzoyan, Razmik, Dr.

Scientist 328 232

Paneque, David, Dr.

Scientist 349 231

Pihet, Marine

Student 485 128

Schmuckermaier, Felix

Student 485 128

Schweizer, Thomas, Dr.

Scientist 227 224

Strom, Derek, Dr.

Engineering 422 332

Teshima, Masahiro, Dr.

Director 301 217

Werner, Diana

Secretary 364 215

Will, Martin, Dr.

Postdoc 291 222

van Scherpenberg, Juliane

PhD-Student 421 234

Key publications

Detection of very high energy gamma-ray emission from the gravitationally-lensed blazar QSO B0218+357 with the MAGIC telescopes
MAGIC Collaboration

Teraelectronvolt pulsed emission from the Crab Pulsar detected by MAGIC
MAGIC Collaboration
Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 585 (January 2016)

Very high Energy γ-Ray from the universe’s middle age: Detection of the z = 0.940 Blazar PKS 1441+25 with MAGIC
Magic Collaboration
The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 815:L23 (8pp), 2015 December 20