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Discovery of very high energy γ-ray emission from centaurus a with H.E.S.S.
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2009 (engelsk)Inngår i: Astrophysical Journal Letters, ISSN 2041-8205, Vol. 695, nr 1, s. L40-L44Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

We report the discovery of faint very high energy (VHE; E > 100 GeV) gamma-ray emission from the radio galaxy Centaurus A in observations performed with the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) experiment, an imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescope array consisting of four telescopes located in Namibia. Centaurus A has been observed for more than 120 hr. A signal with a statistical significance of 5.0 sigma is detected from the region including the radio core and the inner kpc jets. The integral flux above an energy threshold of similar to 250 GeV is measured to be 0.8% of the flux of the Crab Nebula (apparent luminosity: L(> 250 GeV) approximate to 2.6 x 1039 erg s(-1), adopting a distance of 3.8 Mpc). The spectrum can be described by a power law with a photon index of 2.7 +/- 0.5(stat) +/- 0.2(sys). No significant flux variability is detected in the data set. However, the low flux only allows detection of variability on the timescale of days to flux increments above a factor of similar to 15-20 (3 sigma and 4 sigma, respectively). The discovery of VHE gamma-ray emission from Centaurus A reveals particle acceleration in the source to > TeV energies and, together with M 87, establishes radio galaxies as a class of VHE emitters.

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Institute of Physics (IOP), 2009. Vol. 695, nr 1, s. L40-L44
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galaxies: active, galaxies: individual (Cen A), gamma rays: observations
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Fysik, Astropartikelfysik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-30268DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/695/1/L40ISI: 000264539700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-30268DiVA, id: diva2:663151
Tilgjengelig fra: 2013-11-10 Laget: 2013-11-08 Sist oppdatert: 2017-03-27bibliografisk kontrollert

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