GÉANT and ORIENTplus

Delivering cosmic results by studying gamma rays.

 

Challenge

Any solar disturbance, for instance, magnetic storms or flares, reacts with the atmosphere and becomes ‘cosmic showers’, which may play a role in cloud formation and climate change, and could be responsible for radiation exposure on long-distance, high-altitude flights. They can also seriously damage sensitive electronics on board the large number of satellites circling our planet, which are responsible for important communications and geo-monitoring. The challenge is to improve understanding of cosmic radiation, based on data-intensive collaborative research between astrophysicists in China and Italy.

 

Solution

Understanding these phenomena is data-intensive work. Through high-speed research networks, data is seamlessly transmitted from the ARGO-YBJ telescope facility in Tibet to INFN-CNAF, a dedicated computing centre for high-energy physics experiments in Bologna, Italy for analysis.

 

Results

The power of the GÉANT and ORIENTplus networks is essential in enabling cutting-edge international scientific collaboration between physicists in a remote Tibetan location and in Italy, providing insights into the mysteries of the universe.

 

​“International collaboration between scientists is the only way to achieve a project like this and the combination of GÉANT and ORIENTplus makes that a reality for us. We maintain and operate the telescope facility – and all the processing takes place in near-real time thousands of miles away.”
Professor Cao Zhen, the Chinese spokesman for ARGO-YBJ

​Partners

​GARR
ORIENTplus

ARGO-YBJ