Constraints on the steady and pulsed very high energy gamma-ray emission from observations of PSR B1951+32/CTB 80 with the magic telescope

J. Albert, E. Aliu, H. Anderhub, P. Antoranz, A. Armada, C. Baixeras, J. A. Barrio, H. Bartko, D. Bastieri, J. K. Becker, W. Bednarek, K. Berger, C. Bigongiari, A. Biland, R. K. Bock, P. Bordas, V. Bosch-Ramon, T. Bretz, I. Britvitch, M. CamaraE. Carmona, A. Chilingarian, J. A. Coarasa, S. Commichau, J. L. Contreras, J. Cortina, M. T. Costado, V. Curtef, V. Danielyan, F. Dazzi, A. De Angelis, C. Delgado, R. De Los Reyes, B. De Lotto, E. Domingo-Santamaría, D. Dorner, M. Doro, M. Errando, M. Fagiolini, D. Ferenc, E. Fernández, R. Firpo, J. Flix, M. V. Fonseca, L. Font, M. Fuchs, N. Galante, R. García-Lófez, M. Garczarczyk, M. Gaug, M. Giller, F. Goebel, D. Hakobyan, M. Hayashida, T. Hengstebeck, A. Herrero, K. Hirotani, D. Höhne, J. Hose, C. C. Hsu, P. Jacon, T. Jogler, R. Kosyra, D. Kranich, R. Kritzer, A. Laille, E. Lindfors, S. Lombardi, F. Longo, J. López, M. López, E. Lorenz, P. Majumdar, G. Maneva, K. Mannheim, O. Mansutti, M. Mariotti, M. Martínez, D. Mazin, C. Merck, M. Meucci, M. Meyer, J. M. Miranda, R. Mirzgkan, S. Mizobuchi, A. Moralejo, D. Nieto, K. Nilsson, J. Ninkovic̀, E. Oña-Wilhelmi, N. Otte, I. Oya, D. Paneque, M. Panniello, R. Paoletti, J. M. Paredes, M. Pasanen, D. Pascolu, F. Pauss, R. Pegna

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Abstract

We report on very high energy γ-ray observations with the MAGIC Telescope of the pulsar PSR B1951+32 and its associated nebula, CTB 80. Our data constrain the cutoff energy of the pulsar to be less than 32 GeV, assuming the pulsed 7-ray emission to be exponentially cut off. In the case that the cutoff follows a superexponential behavior, the cutoff energy can be as high as ~60 GeV. The upper limit on the flux of pulsed 7-ray emission above 75 GeV is 4.3 × 10-11 photons cm-2 s-1, and the upper limit on the flux of steady emission above 140 GeV is 1.5 × 10 -11 photons cm-2 s-1. We discuss our results in the framework of recent model predictions and other studies. © 2007. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1149
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume669
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Acceleration of particles
  • Gamma rays: observations
  • Radiation mechanisms: nonthermal

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    Albert, J., Aliu, E., Anderhub, H., Antoranz, P., Armada, A., Baixeras, C., Barrio, J. A., Bartko, H., Bastieri, D., Becker, J. K., Bednarek, W., Berger, K., Bigongiari, C., Biland, A., Bock, R. K., Bordas, P., Bosch-Ramon, V., Bretz, T., Britvitch, I., ... Pegna, R. (2007). Constraints on the steady and pulsed very high energy gamma-ray emission from observations of PSR B1951+32/CTB 80 with the magic telescope. Astrophysical Journal, 669, 1143-1149. https://doi.org/10.1086/521807