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ID: 337159.0, MPI für Kernphysik / High-Energy Astrophysics
On the formation of TeV radiation in LS 5039
Authors:Khangulyan, Dmitry; Aharonian, Felix; Bosch-Ramon, Valenti
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2008-01
Title of Journal:Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Journal Abbrev.:MNRAS
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:467
End Page:478
Copyright:(c) 2007 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2007 RAS
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:The recent detections of TeV gamma-rays from compact binary systems show that relativistic outflows (jets or winds) are sites of effective acceleration of particles up to multi-TeV energies. In this paper, we discuss the conditions of acceleration and radiation of ultra-relativistic electrons in LS 5039, the gamma-ray emitting binary system for which the highest quality TeV data are available. Assuming that the gamma-ray emitter is a jet-like structure, we performed detailed numerical calculations of the energy spectrum and lightcurves accounting for the acceleration efficiency, the location of the accelerator, the speed of the emitting flow, the inclination angle of the system, as well as specific features related to anisotropic inverse Compton scattering and pair production. We conclude that the accelerator should not be deep inside the binary system unless we assume a very efficient acceleration rate. We show that within the IC scenario both the gamma-ray spectrum and flux are strongly orbital phase dependent. Formally, our model can reproduce, for specific sets of parameter values, the energy spectrum of gamma-rays reported by HESS for wide orbital phase intervals. However, the physical properties of the source can be constrained only by observations capable of providing detailed energy spectra for narrow orbital phase intervals ($\Delta\phi\ll 0.1$).
Free Keywords:stars: individual: LS 5039 , gamma-rays: observations , gamma-rays: theory , X-rays: binaries
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Affiliations:MPI für Kernphysik/Group of W. Hofmann/High Energy Astrophysics (F. Aharonian)
External Affiliations:Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, Ireland
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