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

The H Collaboration (2008)

The H.E.S.S. survey of the inner Galactic plane

Astroparticle Physics, 2:579-582.

The High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), located in the Khomas Highlands of Namibia, is an array of four imaging atmospheric-Cherenkov telescopes designed to detect gamma rays in the very high energy (VHE; > 100 GeV) domain. Its high sensitivity and large field of view (5 deg) make it an ideal instrument to perform a survey within the Galactic plane for new VHE sources. Previous observations in 2004/2005 resulted in numerous detections of VHE gamma-ray emitters in the region l = 330 deg - 30 deg Galactic longitude. In the recent years the survey was extended, covering the regions l = 280 deg - 330 deg and l = 30 deg - 60 deg, leading to the discovery of several previously unknown sources with high statistical significance. The current status of the survey will be presented.

Provided by the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System