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A new population of very high energy gamma-ray sources in the Milky Way.

Aharonian, F. and Akhperjanian, A. G. and Aye, K. M. and Bazer-Bachi, A. R. and Beilicke, M. and Benbow, W. and Berge, D. and Berghaus, P. and Bernlöhr, K. and Boisson, C and Bolz, O. and Borgmeier, C. and Braun, I. and Breitling, F. and Brown, A. M. and Bussons Gordo, J. and Chadwick, P. M. and Chounet, L. M. and Cornils, R. and Costamante, L. and Degrange, B. and Djannati-Ataï, A. and Drury, L. O. and Dubus, G. and Ergin, T. and Espigat, P. and Feinstein, F. and Fleury, P. and Fontaine, G. and Funk, S. and Gallant, Y. A. and Giebels, B. and Gillessen, S. and Goret, P. and Hadjichristidis, C. and Hauser, M. and Heinzelmann, G. and Henri, G. and Hermann, G. and Hinton, J. A. and Hofmann, W. and Holleran, M. and Horns, D. and de Jager, O. C. and Jung, I. and Khélifi, B. and Komin, N. and Konopelko, A. and Latham, I. J. and Le Gallou, R. and Lemière, A. and Lemoind, M. and Leroy, N. and Lohse, T. and Marcowith, A. and Masterson, C. and McComb, T. J. L. and de Naurois, M. and Nolan, S. J. and Noutsos, A. and Orford, K. J. and Osborne, J. L. and Ouchrif, M. and Panter, M. and Pelletier, G. and Pita, S. and Pühlhofer, G. and Punch, M. and Raubenheimer, B. C. and Raue, M. and Raux, J. and Rayner, S. M. and Redondo, I. and Reimer, A. and Reimer, O. and Ripken, J. and Rob, L. and Rolland, L. and Rowell, G. and Sahakian, V. and Saugé, L. and Schlenker, S. and Schlickeiser, R. and Schuster, C. and Schwanke, U. and Siewert, M. and Sol, H. and Steenkamp, R. and Stegmann, C. and Tavernet, J. P. and Terrier, R. and Théoret, C. G. and Tluczykont, M. and van der Walt, J. and Vasileiadis, G. and Venter, C. and Vincent, P. and Visser, B. and Völk, H. J. and Wagner, S. J. (2005) 'A new population of very high energy gamma-ray sources in the Milky Way.', Science., 307 (5717). pp. 1938-1942.

Abstract

Very high energy {gamma}-rays probe the long-standing mystery of the origin of cosmic rays. Produced in the interactions of accelerated particles in astrophysical objects, they can be used to image cosmic particle accelerators. A first sensitive survey of the inner part of the Milky Way with the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) reveals a population of eight previously unknown firmly detected sources of very high energy {gamma}-rays. At least two have no known radio or x-ray counterpart and may be representative of a new class of "dark" nucleonic cosmic ray sources.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes, Supernova remnant, Galactic plane, Pulsar, Array, Vicinity, Catalog, Regions, System.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1108643
Record Created:28 May 2008
Last Modified:08 Apr 2009 16:29

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