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Type: Journal article
Title: CANGAROO-III observation of TeV gamma rays from the unidentified gamma-ray source HESS J1614-518
Author: Clay, R.
Stamatescu, V.
Swaby, D.
Citation: Astrophysical Journal, 2011; 740(2):78-1-78-9
Publisher: Univ Chicago Press
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0004-637X
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T. Mizukami... R. W. Clay... V. Stamatescu... D. L. Swaby... et al.
Abstract: We report the detection, with the CANGAROO-III imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescope array, of a very high energy gamma-ray signal from the unidentified gamma-ray source HESS J1614–518, which was discovered in the H.E.S.S. Galactic plane survey. Diffuse gamma-ray emission was detected above 760 GeV at the 8.9σ level during an effective exposure of 54 hr from 2008 May to August. The spectrum can be represented by a power law: (8.2 ± 2.2stat ± 2.5sys) × 10–12 × (E/1 TeV)–γ cm–2 s–1 TeV–1 with a photon index γ of 2.4 ± 0.3stat ± 0.2sys, which is compatible with that of the H.E.S.S. observations. By combining our result with multiwavelength data, we discuss the possible counterparts for HESS J1614–518 and consider radiation mechanisms based on hadronic and leptonic processes for a supernova remnant (SNR), stellar winds from massive stars, and a pulsar wind nebula (PWN). Although a leptonic origin from a PWN driven by an unknown pulsar remains possible, hadronic-origin emission from an unknown SNR is preferred.
Keywords: gamma rays: ISM; ISM: individual objects (HESS J1614–518)
Rights: Copyright 2011. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A.
RMID: 0020113485
DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/740/2/78
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