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Long-term TeV and X-ray Observations of the Gamma-ray Binary HESS J0632+057
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2014 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal, ISSN 0004-637X, E-ISSN 1538-4357, Vol. 780, no 2, article id 168Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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HESS J0632+057 is the only gamma-ray binary known so far whose position in the sky allows observations with ground-based observatories in both thenorthern and southern hemispheres. Here we report on long-term observations of HESS J0632+057 conducted with the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System and High Energy Stereoscopic System Cherenkov telescopes and the X-ray satellite Swift, spanning a time range from 2004 to 2012 and covering most of the system's orbit. The very-high-energy (VHE) emission is found to be variable and is correlated with that at X-ray energies. An orbital period of 315(-4)(+6) days is derived from the X-ray data set, which is compatible with previous results, P = (321 +/- 5) days. The VHE light curve shows a distinct maximum at orbital phases close to 0.3, or about 100 days after periastron passage, which coincides with the periodic enhancement of the X-rayemission. Furthermore, the analysis of the TeV data shows for the first time a statistically significant (> 6.5 sigma) detection at orbital phases 0.6-0.9. Theobtained gamma-ray and X-ray light curves and the correlation of the source emission at these two energy bands are discussed in the context of the recent ephemeris obtained for the system. Our results are compared to those reported for other gamma-ray binaries.

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2014. Vol. 780, no 2, article id 168
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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Physics, Astroparticle Physics; Physics, Astroparticle Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33165DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/780/2/168ISI: 000329097100055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-33165DiVA, id: diva2:707323
Available from: 2014-03-24 Created: 2014-03-24 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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