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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissen­schaft­liche Fakultät - Experimentelle Elementarteilchenphysik

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Mathematisch-Naturwissen­schaft­liche Fakultät | Institut für Physik | Experimentelle Elementarteilchenphysik | H.E.S.S. | Talks & Papers | Primary particle acceleration above 100 TeV in the shell-type supernova remnant <ASTROBJ>RX J1713.7-3946</ASTROBJ> with deep HESS observations

The H Collaboration (2007)

Primary particle acceleration above 100 TeV in the shell-type supernova remnant <ASTROBJ>RX J1713.7-3946</ASTROBJ> with deep HESS observations

aap, 464:235-243.

Aims:We present deep HESS observations of the supernova remnant (SNR) RX J1713.7-3946. Combining data of three years - from 2003 to 2005 - we obtain significantly increased statistics and energy coverage as compared to earlier 2003 and 2004 results. Methods: The data are analysed separately for the different years. Results: Very good agreement of the gamma-ray morphology and the differential spectra is found when comparing the three years. The combined gamma-ray image of the 2004 and 2005 data reveals the morphology of RX J1713.7-3946 with unprecedented precision. An angular resolution of 0.06° is achieved, revealing the detailed structure of the remnant. The combined spectrum of all three years extends over three orders of magnitude, with significant gamma-ray emission approaching 100 TeV. The cumulative significance above 30 TeV is 4.8sigma, while for energies between 113 and 294 TeV an upper limit on the gamma-ray flux of 1.6× 10^-16 cm^-2 s^-1 is obtained. Conclusions: .The energy coverage of the HESS data is presumably at the limit of present generation Cherenkov telescopes. The measurement of significant gamma-ray emission beyond 30 TeV formally implies the existence of primary particles of at least that energy. However, for realistic scenarios of very-high-energy gamma-ray production, the Inverse Compton scattering of very-high-energy electrons and pi^0 decay following inelastic proton-proton interactions, the measured gamma-ray energies imply that efficient acceleration of primary particles to energies exceeding 100 TeV is taking place in the shell of the SNR RX J1713.7-3946.

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