Observation of very high energy gamma-ray emission from the active galactic nucleus 1ES 1959+650 using the magic telescope

J. Albert, E. Aliu, H. Anderhub, P. Antoranz, A. Armada, M. Asensio, C. Baixeras, J. A. Barrio, H. Bartko, D. Bastieri, W. Bednarek, K. Berger, C. Bigongiari, A. Biland, E. Bisesi, R. K. Bock, T. Bretz, I. Britvitch, M. Camara, A. ChilingarianS. Ciprini, J. A. Coarasa, S. Commichau, J. L. Contreras, J. Cortina, V. Danielyan, F. Dazzi, A. de Angelis, R. de los Reyes, B. de Lotto, E. Domingo-Santamaría, D. Dorner, M. Doro, M. Errando, D. Ferenc, E. Fernández, R. Firpo, J. Flix, M. V. Fonseca, L. Font, N. Galante, M. Garczarczyk, M. Gaug, J. Gebauer, R. Giannitrapani, M. Giller, F. Goebel, D. Hakobyan, M. Hayashida, T. Hengstebeck, D. Hohne, J. Hose, P. Jacon, O. Kalekin, D. Kranich, A. Laille, T. Lenisa, P. Liebing, E. Lindfors, F. Longo, J. López, M. López, E. Lorenz, F. Lucarelli, P. Majumdar, G. Maneva, K. Mannheim, M. Mariotti, M. Martínez, K. Mase, D. Mazin, C. Merck, M. Merck, M. Meucci, M. Meyer, J. M. Miranda, R. Mirzoyan, S. Mizobuchi, A. Moralejo, K. Nilsson, E. O. Wilhelmi, R. Orduna, N. Otte, I. Oya, D. Paneque, R. Paoletti, M. Pasanen, D. Pascoli, F. Pauss, N. Pavel, R. Pegna, L. Peruzzo, A. Piccioli, M. Pin, E. Prandini, J. Rico, W. Rhode, B. Riegel, M. Rissi, A. Robert

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The MAGIC Cerenkov telescope has observed very high energy (VHE) γ-ray emission from the active galactic nucleus 1ES 1959+650 during 6 hr in 2004 September and October. The observations were carried out alternating with observations of the Crab Nebula, whose data were used as a reference source for optimizing γ -ray/hadron separation and for flux comparison. The data analysis shows VHE γ-ray emission of 1ES 1959+650 with ∼8 σ significance, at a time of low activity in both optical and X-ray wavelengths. An integral flux above ∼ 180 GeV of about 20% that of the Crab Nebula was obtained. The light curve, sampled over 7 days, shows no significant variations. The differential energy spectrum between 180 GeV and 2 TeV can be fitted with a power-law of index -2.72 ± 0.14. The spectrum is consistent with the slightly steeper spectrum seen by HEGRA at higher energies, also during periods of low X-ray activity. © 2006. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-765
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 I
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2006


  • Galaxies: active
  • Gamma rays: observations


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