The search for high altitude sites in South America for the SWGO detector

SWGO Collaboration

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


The Southern Wide-field Gamma-ray Observatory (SWGO) is a project for a new generation of extensive air shower front detectors, based primarily on the water Cherenkov technique, to be located in the Southern Hemisphere, where no other instrument of that kind is currently operating in the TeV gamma-ray energy range. The reference configuration of SWGO foresees an array of about 6, 000 water Cherenkov tanks deployed over a circle of 320 m diameter, about 80, 000 m2 area. In order to reach a sensitivity at energies around and below 1 TeV competitive with current and future detectors, SWGO will be placed at altitude above 4, 400 m a.s.l. Preliminary site searches have found several candidate sites in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru. The major challenge will be the water provision, considering that at least 105 m3 of water will be required. This poster will present the challenges and status of the SWGO site search in South America.

Original languageEnglish
Article number689
JournalProceedings of Science
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2022
Event37th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2021 - Virtual, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 12 Jul 202123 Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Copyright owned by the author(s) under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'The search for high altitude sites in South America for the SWGO detector'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this