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A search for pulsations from geminga above 100 GeV with veritas

  • We present the results of 71.6 hr of observations of the Geminga pulsar (PSR J0633+1746) with the VERITAS very-high-energy gamma-ray telescope array. Data taken with VERITAS between 2007 November and 2013 February were phase-folded using a Geminga pulsar timing solution derived from data recorded by the XMM-Newton and Fermi-LAT space telescopes. No significant pulsed emission above 100 GeV is observed, and we report upper limits at the 95% confidence level on the integral flux above 135 GeV (spectral analysis threshold) of 4.0x10(-13) s(-1) cm(-2) and 1.7 x 10(-13) s(-1) cm(-2) for the two principal peaks in the emission profile. These upper limits, placed in context with phase-resolved spectral energy distributions determined from 5 yr of data from the Fermi-Large Area Telescope (LAT), constrain possible hardening of the Geminga pulsar emission spectra above similar to 50 GeV.

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Author:E. Aliu, S. Archambault, A. Archer, T. Aune, A. Barnacka, M. Beilicke, W. Benbow, R. Bird, J. H. Buckley, V. Bugaev, K. Byrum, J. V. Cardenzana, M. Cerruti, Xuhui Chen, L. Ciupik, M. P. Connolly, W. Cui, H. J. Dickinson, J. Dumm, J. D. Eisch, M. Errando, A. Falcone, Q. Feng, J. P. Finley, H. Fleischhack, P. Fortin, L. Fortson, A. Furniss, G. H. Gillanders, S. Griffin, S. T. Griffiths, J. Grube, G. Gyuk, N. H. A. Kansson, D. Hanna, J. Holder, T. B. Humensky, C. A. Johnson, P. Kaaret, P. Kar, M. Kertzman, D. Kieda, F. Krennrich, S. Kumar, M. J. Lang, M. Lyutikov, A. S. Madhavan, G. Maier, S. McArthur, A. McCann, K. Meagher, J. Millis, P. Moriarty, R. Mukherjee, D. Nieto, R. A. Ong, A. N. Otte, N. Park, Manuela Pohl, A. Popkow, H. Prokoph, E. Pueschel, J. Quinn, K. Ragan, L. C. Reyes, P. T. Reynolds, G. T. Richards, E. Roache, M. Santander, G. H. Sembroski, K. Shahinyan, A. W. Smith, D. Staszak, Igor Telezhinsky, J. V. Tucci, J. Tyler, A. Varlotta, S. Vincent, S. P. Wakely, A. Weinstein, D. A. Williams, A. Zajczyk, B. Zitzer
ISSN:0004-637X (print)
ISSN:1538-4357 (online)
Parent Title (English):The astrophysical journal : an international review of spectroscopy and astronomical physics
Publisher:IOP Publ. Ltd.
Place of publication:Bristol
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2015
Year of Completion:2015
Release Date:2017/03/27
Tag:gamma rays: stars; pulsars: general; pulsars: individual (PSR J0633+1746, Geminga)
Funder:U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science; U.S. National Science Foundation; Smithsonian Institution; NSERC in Canada; Science Foundation Ireland [SFI 10/RFP/AST2748]; STFC in the U.K; Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago [NSF PHY-1125897]
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Physik und Astronomie
Peer Review:Referiert