This project is structured in work packages (WP) as follows. Each WP is under the responsibility of a single INAF Institute, where most of the activities are carried out, but it also includes the contribution of the others involved in that WP.

  • Pointing Plan (IASF Pa, IASF Mi): the goal of this WP is to define a list of optimized pointings for the ASTRI observations as well as their duration. This list maximises the scientific return, taking into account the number of possible targets and sensitivity that can be reached with every observation. In addition, the Pointing Plan must also take into account visibility constraints for the ASTRI site and windows of useful observing time not disturbed by the Moon.
  • Sky production (IASF Mi, with the contribution from all structures): the aim of this WP is to model all sources in the portion of the sky covered by the Pointing Plan, including point-like, extended and diffuse sources, taking into account their spectra, their morphologies and also the light curves for the variable and transient sources. The input for these jobs are the scientific results obtained by the already existing atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes and water Cherenkov detectors. Such results have to be obtained from scientific literature or on-line databases.
  • Production of Instrument Response Function (OARm, IASF Pa): the scope of this WP is the creation of the instrument response file to be used in the ASTRI Data Challenge, effective area, energy resolution, PSF and residual background etc. both for a single telescope and for the whole array.
  • Simulation (OACT, OARm, IASF Mi, IAPS): the objective of this WP is the production of realistic data file (Events and Auxiliary files) in a CTA-compliant format based on input of Pointing Plane, Sky Production and IRF working packages.
  • Scientific Analysis (IASF Mi, with the contribution from all structures): production of sky maps, spectra, light curves, etc. In this WP several researchers from all the participating structures collaborate, especially for what concerns the data analysis and comparison with the simulated sources models. Comparing the input simulated data to the output results will enable to assess the data chain robustness.
  • Catalog Production (OAB, OARm, IAPS, IASF Mi): as in the case of real data, a catalog of sources has been created. The catalog summarizes the measured properties of the sources detected above a threshold of significance. In addiction, the catalog also includes the tentative association for every unidentified source through cross matching with other catalogs.
  • Multiwavelength identification (OAPd, OARm, OAB, OANa, IAPS, OATe): the main objective of this WP is to address the identification of sources with true associations. In addition, this WP also quantifies the effort needed to properly cover each undefined source. Cross-correlation and multi-band analysis between data coming from different energy ranges are going to play an important role in modern astrophysics due the simultaneous availability of new generation spaces based and ground-based observation.
  • Archive (OARm, OACt): as in the case of real data, a data archive is implemented. Both data and analysis software are publicly available, in order to help the scientific community in familiarizing with the realistic CTA-like data.
  • Communication, public and industrial outreach (OAPd, plus all researchers structure): Enhance the visibility of the project and its industrial fallout among all possible stakeholders, form the scientific community to general public. This WP is in full synergy with ASTRI outreach and communication office.