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Type: Conference paper
Title: A multi-wavelength study of the unidentified TeV γ-ray source HESS J1626-490
Other Titles: A multi-wavelength study of the unidentified TeV gamma-ray source HESS J1626-490
Author: Eger, P.
Rowell, G.
Kawamura, A.
Fukui, Y.
Rolland, L.
Stegmann, C.
Citation: Proceedings of the 32nd International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2011, 2011, vol.7, pp.45-48
Publisher: Institute of High Energy Physics
Issue Date: 2011
Conference Name: 32nd International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC) (11 Aug 2011 - 18 Aug 2011 : Beijing, China)
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P. Eger, G.Rowell, A.Kawamura, Y. Fukui, L.Rolland, C. Stegmann
Abstract: HESS J1626−490, so far only detected with the H.E.S.S. array of imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes, could not be unambiguously identified with any source seen at lower energies. Therefore, we analyzed data from an archival XMM-Newton observation, pointed towards HESS J1626−490, to classify detected point-like and extended X-ray sources according to their spectral properties. None of the detected X-ray point sources fulfills the energetic requirements to be considered as the synchrotron radiation (SR) counterpart to the VHE source assuming an Inverse Compton (IC) emission scenario. Furthermore, we did not detect any diffuse X-ray excess emission originating from the region around HESS J1626−490 above the Galactic Background. The derived upper limit for the total X-ray flux disfavors a purely leptonic emission scenario for HESS J1626−490. To characterize the Interstellar Medium surrounding HESS J1626−490 we analyzed 12CO(J=1-0) molecular line data from the NANTEN Galactic plane survey and H I data from the Southern Galactic Plane Survey (SGPS). We found a good morphological match between molecular and atomic gas in the −27 km/s to −18 km/s line-of-sight velocity range and HESS J1626−490. The cloud has a mass of 1.8×4M and is located at a mean kinematic distance of d = 1.8 kpc. Furthermore, we found a density depression in the H I gas at a similar distance which is spatially consistent with the SNR G335.2+00.1. Therefore, the most likely origin of the VHE γ-ray emission observed with H.E.S.S. is the hadronic interaction of cosmic rays with a moderately dense molecular cloud, which we detected with Nanten. The application of a detailed hadronic model for cosmic ray transport and interaction shows that the cosmic rays could originate from the nearby SNRG335.2+00.1.
Keywords: acceleration of particles; ISM: supernova remnants; ISM: clouds; ISM: individual objects: HESS J1626−490; X-rays: ISM; submillimeter: ISM
Rights: Copyright status unknown
DOI: 10.7529/ICRC2011/V07/0035
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