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Revealing the Most Energetic Light from Pulsars and Their Nebulae


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Very-High-Energy Sky and the MAGIC Telescopes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Carreto Fidalgo
      Pages 3-17
    3. David Carreto Fidalgo
      Pages 19-47
    4. David Carreto Fidalgo
      Pages 49-81
  3. Search for TeV Emission from the Crab and Other Pulsars

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. David Carreto Fidalgo
      Pages 85-97
    3. David Carreto Fidalgo
      Pages 99-123
    4. David Carreto Fidalgo
      Pages 125-140
    5. David Carreto Fidalgo
      Pages 141-155
  4. Looking for a Pulsar Wind Nebula in the Outer Part of Our Galaxy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. David Carreto Fidalgo
      Pages 159-166
    3. David Carreto Fidalgo
      Pages 167-177
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 179-208

About this book


This book reports on the extraordinary observation of TeV gamma rays from the Crab Pulsar, the most energetic light ever detected from this type of object. It presents detailed information on the painstaking analysis of the unprecedentedly large dataset from the MAGIC telescopes, and comprehensively discusses the implications of pulsed TeV gamma rays for state-of-the-art pulsar emission models. Using these results, the book subsequently explores new testing methodologies for Lorentz Invariance Violation, in terms of a wavelength-dependent speed of light. The book also covers an updated search for Very-High-Energy (VHE), >100 GeV, emissions from millisecond pulsars using the Large Area Telescope on board the Fermi satellite, as well as a study on the promising Pulsar Wind Nebula candidate PSR J0631. 

The observation of VHE gamma rays is essential to studying the non-thermal sources of radiation in our Universe. Rotating neutron stars, also known as pulsars, are an extreme source class known to emit VHE gamma rays. However, to date only two pulsars have been detected with emissions above 100 GeV, and our understanding of their emission mechanism is still lacking. 


Crab Pulsar TeV Emission MAGIC Telescopes VHE Gamma Rays from Pulsars Pulsar Wind Nebula TeV Emission Lorentz Invariance Violation Crab Pulsar VHE Gamma Rays from Millisecond Pulsars Fermi-LAT Observations of MSPs

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of PhysicsComplutense University of MadridMadridSpain

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