Volume 518, July-August 2010Herschel: the first science highlights
|Number of page(s)||14|
|Section||Catalogs and data|
|Published online||19 August 2010|
A search for VHE counterparts of Galactic Fermi bright sources and MeV to TeV spectral characterization
Landessternwarte, Universität Heidelberg, Königstuhl, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, PO Box 103980, 69029 Heidelberg, Germany
Accepted: 21 March 2010
Very high-energy (VHE; E > 100 GeV) γ-rays have been detected in a wide range of astronomical objects, such as pulsar wind nebulae (PWNe), supernova remnants (SNRs), giant molecular clouds, γ-ray binaries, the Galactic center, active galactic nuclei (AGN), radio galaxies, starburst galaxies, and possibly star-forming regions. At lower energies, observations using the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard Fermi provide a rich set of data that can be used to study the behavior of cosmic accelerators in the MeV to TeV energy bands. In particular, the improved angular resolution of current telescopes in both bands compared to previous instruments significantly reduces source confusion and facilitates identification of associated counterparts at lower energies. In this paper, a comprehensive search for VHE γ-ray sources that are spatially coincident with Galactic Fermi/LAT bright sources is performed, and the available MeV to TeV spectra of coincident sources compared. It is found that bright LAT GeV sources are correlated with TeV sources, in contrast to previous studies using EGRET data. Moreover, a single spectral component seems unable to describe the MeV to TeV spectra of many coincident GeV/TeV sources. It has been suggested that γ-ray pulsars may be accompanied by VHE γ-ray emitting nebulae, a hypothesis that can be tested with VHE observations of these pulsars.
Key words: Gamma rays: general / Galaxy: general / pulsars: general / ISM: supernova remnants / X-rays: binaries
© ESO, 2010
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