The most violent events in the UniverseGamma Ray Bursts are incredibly violent and short events, shining like a billion galaxies for just a fraction of a second. Learn more about them...
Understanding the solar activity with Cosmic RaysThe Sun activity modulates the Cosmic Ray flux at Earth as its magnetic field swipes galactic cosmic rays and prevent them from reaching us. LAGO can measure these effects.
An ideal Cosmic Ray DetectorA huge volume of water overlooked by photosensitive electronics is one of the most efficient astroparticle physics detector. These are called Water Cherenkov Detectors.
WCD installed in remote areasIn order to be sensitive to GRBs, LAGO WCDs have to be installed at high altitude sites. Eight latin american countries host such detectors.
Yearly LAGO Collaboration meetingsThe LAGO Collaboration meets every year since 2005 in order to install WCD in new sites, discuss technical aspects and the physics involved, and share new results.
WCD as an introduction to astroparticle physicsWCD are used to teach students about the operation and calibration of a particle detector, allowing them to measure the decay time of a subatomic particle.
The LAGO (Latin American Giant Observatory) project is an extended Astroparticle Observatory at global scale. It is mainly oriented to basic research on three branches of Astroparticle physics: the Extreme Universe, Space Weather phenomena, and Atmospheric Radiation at ground level.
The LAGO detection network consists in single or small arrays of particle detectors at ground level, spanning over different sites located at significantly different latitudes (currently from Mexico up to the Antarctic region) and different altitudes (from sea level up to more than 5000 meters over sea level), covering a huge range of geomagnetic rigidity cut-offs and atmospheric absorption/reaction levels.
The LAGO Project is operated by the LAGO Collaboration, a non-centralized and distributed collaborative network of more than 80 scientist from more than 25 institutions of 9 latinamerican countries (currently Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. See the complete list of the collaboration members and their institutions).
Technical information is available in the Lago wiki, our working tool (not foreseen for General Public, as it is currently under development and for now is very technical).
Finally, an historical news page lists LAGO milestones as they have been reached.