Volume 451, Number 1, May III 2006
|Page(s)||259 - 266|
|Section||Stellar structure and evolution|
|Published online||25 April 2006|
Spectral energy distribution of the γ-ray microquasar LS 5039
Departament d'Astronomia i Meteorologia, Universitat de Barcelona, Av. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Spain e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com
2 Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía, C.C.5, (1894) Villa Elisa, Buenos Aires, Argentina e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas, UNLP, Paseo del Bosque, 1900 La Plata, Argentina e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 24 January 2006
The microquasar LS 5039 has recently been detected as a source of very high energy (VHE) γ-rays. This detection, that confirms the previously proposed association of LS 5039 with the EGRET source 3EG J1824-1514, makes of LS 5039 a special system with observational data covering nearly all the electromagnetic spectrum. In order to reproduce the observed spectrum of LS 5039, from radio to VHE γ-rays, we have applied a cold matter dominated jet model that takes into account accretion variability, the jet magnetic field, particle acceleration, adiabatic and radiative losses, microscopic energy conservation in the jet, and pair creation and absorption due to the external photon fields, as well as the emission from the first generation of secondaries. The radiative processes taken into account are synchrotron, relativistic Bremsstrahlung and inverse Compton (IC). The model is based on a scenario that has been characterized with recent observational results, concerning the orbital parameters, the orbital variability at X-rays and the nature of the compact object. The computed spectral energy distribution (SED) shows a good agreement with the available observational data.
Key words: X-rays: binaries / stars: winds, outflows / gamma rays: observations / stars: individual: LS 5039 / gamma rays: theory
© ESO, 2006
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