Extreme Particle Acceleration in Microquasar Jets and Pulsar Wind Nebulae with the MAGIC Telescopes

  • Alba Fernández Barral

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Introduction to the Non-thermal Universe

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  3. Microquasars in the Very High-Energy Gamma-Ray Regime

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      Pages 81-81
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  4. Pulsar Wind Nebulae in the Very High-Energy Gamma-Ray Regime

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  5. LST Camera

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  6. Summary and Conclusion

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      Pages 223-223
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-247

About this book


This exhaustive work sheds new light on unsolved questions in gamma-ray astrophysics. It presents not only a complete introduction to the non-thermal Universe, but also a description of the Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov technique and the MAGIC telescopes. The Fermi-LAT satellite and the HAWC Observatory are also described, as results from both are included. The physics section of the book is divided into microquasars and pulsar wind nebulae (PWNe), and includes extended overviews of both.

In turn, the book discusses constraints on particle acceleration and gamma-ray production in microquasar jets, based on the analyses of MAGIC data on Cygnus X-1, Cygnus X-3 and V404 Cygni. Moreover, it presents the discovery of high-energy gamma-ray emissions from Cygnus X-1, using Fermi-LAT data. The book includes the first joint work between MAGIC, Fermi-LAT and HAWC, and discusses the hypothetical PWN nature of the targets in depth. It reports on a PWN population study that discusses, for the first time, the importance of the surrounding medium for gamma-ray production, and in closing presents technical work on the first Large-Size-Telescope (LST; CTA Collaboration), along with a complete description of the camera.


Gamma Rays Gamma-ray Astronomy Pulsar Wind Nebulae Microquasars and Binary Systems Gamma-ray Detection Techniques Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes Relativistic Jets Type Ia Supernovae Cherenkov Telescope Camera

Authors and affiliations

  • Alba Fernández Barral
    • 1
  1. 1.CTAO gGmbH (Headquarters)HeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97537-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97538-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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