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ID: 204923.0, MPI für Kernphysik / High-Energy Astrophysics
High energy gamma rays from the massive black hole in the Galactic Center
Authors:Aharonian, F. A.; Neronov, A.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2005
Title of Journal:Astrophysical Journal
Journal Abbrev.:Astrophys. J.
Volume:619(1 Part 1)
Start Page:306
End Page:313
Copyright:Institut de Physique Théorique, Université de Lausanne, BSP 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:Accreting black holes are believed to be sites of possible particle acceleration with favorable conditions also for effective gamma-ray production. However, because of photon-photon pair production, only low energy (MeV) gamma-rays can escape these compact objects with typically very large compactness parameter, given that in most cases the accretion disks within 10 Schwarzschild radii radiate with a power exceeding 10 percent of the Eddington luminosity. Therefore, the high-energy gamma-ray emission of these objects (both stellar mass and supermassive BHs) is generally suppressed, and consequently the unique information on possible particle acceleration process near the event horizon of the BH is essentially lost. Fortunately, this is not the case for the super-massive BH located at the dynamical center of our Galaxy (Sgr A*) which, thanks to its extraordinary low bolometric luminosity is transparent fo gamma-rays up to very high energies, about 10 TeV. We discuss different scenarios of gamma-ray production in Sgr A* and show that for a reasonable set of parameters one can expect detectable gamma-ray fluxes of both hadronic and electronic origin. Some of these scenarios are applicable not only for the TeV gamma-ray emission recently reported from the direction of Galactic Center, but may have broader implications relevant to highly variable nonthermal emission of Sgr A* in radio, IR and X-ray bands.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Affiliations:MPI für Kernphysik/Group H. J. Völk/High Energy Astrophysics (F. Aharonian)
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