The MAGIC telescope project for gamma ray astronomy in the 15 to 300 GeV energy range
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In gamma ray astronomy the energy range between 15 and 300 GeV is up to now inaccessible for both satellite borne γ detectors and ground based air Cerenkov telescopes. It is expected that in this energy range the universe is highly transparent and sources such as active galactic nuclei at red shifts of up to ≈2.8 can be observed. The detection of gamma ray bursts would allow one to place a limit on their distance. A short description of a project to build a new, high sensitivity, 17 mØ, air Cerenkov telescope, dubbed the MAGIC telescope, and an overview of its physics potential will be given. The telescope is based upon a 17 mØ decommissioned solar concentrator.

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