Thursday, July 25, 2013

1307.6262 (Pol Bordas et al.)

Observations of TeV binary systems with the H.E.S.S. telescope    [PDF]

Pol Bordas, Hélène Laffon, Mathieu de Naurois, Stefan Ohm, Emma de Oña Wilhelmi, Iurii Sushch, Francesca Volpe, Víctor Zabalza, for the H. E. S. S. Collaboration
Recent observations of binary systems obtained with the H.E.S.S. telescopes are providing crucial information on the physics of relativistic outflows and the engines powering them. We report here on new H.E.S.S. results on HESS J0632+057, PSR B1259-63/LS 2883, Eta Carinae and the recently discovered source HESS J1018-589. Despite the high-quality data obtained in the last years through both ground and space-based gamma-ray detectors, many questions on the mechanisms that permit binary systems to emit at gamma-rays remain open. In particular, it is becoming apparent that emission at high and very-high energies is uncorrelated in some gamma-ray binary systems, with bright GeV flares not observed at TeV energies (e.g. PSR B1259-63), and sources periodically detected at VHEs which are lacking its HE counterpart (e.g. HESS J0632+057). Our results mainly confirm the predictions derived previously for the studied sources, but unexpected results are also found in a few cases, which are discussed in the context of contemporaneous observations at lower energies.
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