Variable very-high-energy gamma-ray emission from the microquasar LS I +61 303

J. Albert, E. Aliu, H. Anderhub, P. Antoranz, A. Armada, M. Asensio, C. Baixeras, J. A. Barrio, M. Bartelt, H. Bartko, D. Bastieri, S. R. Bavikadi, W. Bednarek, K. Berger, C. Bigongiari, A. Biland, E. Bisesi, R. K. Bock, P. Bordas, V. Bosch-RamonT. Bretz, I. Britvitch, M. Camara, E. Carmona, A. Chilingarian, S. Ciprini, J. A. Coarasa, S. Commichau, J. L. Contreras, J. Cortina, V. Curtef, V. Danielyan, F. Dazzi, A. Da Angelis, R. De Los Reyes, B. De Lotto, E. Domingo-Santamaria, D. Dorner, M. Doro, M. Errando, M. Fagiolini, D. Ferenc, E. Fernández, R. Firpo, J. Flix, M. V. Fonseca, L. Font, M. Fuchs, H. Galante, M. Garczarczyk, M. Gaug, M. Giller, F. Goebel, D. Hakobyan, M. Hayashida, T. Hengstebeck, D. Höhne, J. Hose, C. C. Hsu, P. G. Isar, P. Jacon, O. Kalekin, R. Kosyra, D. Kranich, M. Laatiaoui, A. Laille, T. Lenisa, P. Liebing, E. Lindfors, S. Lombardi, F. Longo, J. López, M. Lopez, E. Lorenz, F. Lucarelli, P. Majumdar, G. Maneva, K. Mannheim, O. Mansutti, M. Mariotti, M. Martínez, K. Mase, D. Mazin, C. Merck, M. Meucci, M. Meyer, J. M. Miranda, R. Mirzoyan, S. Mizobuchi, A. Moralejo, K. Nilsson, E. Oña-Wilhelmi, R. Orduña, H. Otte, I. Oya, D. Paneque, R. Paoletti, J. M. Paredes, M. Pasanen, D. Pascoli

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Abstract

Microquasars are binary star systems with relativistic radio-emitting jets. They are potential sources of cosmic rays and can be used to elucidate the physics of relativistic jets. We report the detection of variable gamma-ray emission above 100 gigaelertron volts from the microquasar LS I +61 303. Six orbital cycles were recorded. Several detections occur at a similar orbital phase, which suggests that the emission is periodic. The strongest gamma-ray emission is not observed when the two stars are closest to one another, implying a strong orbital modulation of the emission or absorption processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1771-1773
JournalScience
Volume312
Issue number5781
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2006

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    Albert, J., Aliu, E., Anderhub, H., Antoranz, P., Armada, A., Asensio, M., Baixeras, C., Barrio, J. A., Bartelt, M., Bartko, H., Bastieri, D., Bavikadi, S. R., Bednarek, W., Berger, K., Bigongiari, C., Biland, A., Bisesi, E., Bock, R. K., Bordas, P., ... Pascoli, D. (2006). Variable very-high-energy gamma-ray emission from the microquasar LS I +61 303. Science, 312(5781), 1771-1773. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1128177