GÉANT and ORIENTplus – delivering cosmic results by studying gamma rays
Any solar disturbance, for instance, magnetic storms or flares, react with the atmosphere and become ‘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.
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.
The power of the GÉANT and ORIENTplus networks are 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.