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Observation of the black widow B1957+20 millisecond pulsar binary system with the MAGIC telescopes

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Barrio Uña, Juan Abel and Bonnefoy, Simon and Contreras González, José Luis and Domínguez Díaz, Alberto and Fidalgo, David Friedrich Carreto and Fonseca González, Mª Victoria and López Moya, Marcos and Nievas Rosillo, Mireia and Ahnen, L.M. and Ansoldi, S. and Otros, ... (2017) Observation of the black widow B1957+20 millisecond pulsar binary system with the MAGIC telescopes. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 470 (4). pp. 4608-4617. ISSN 0035-8711

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stx1405


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Spontaneous breaking of Lorentz symmetry at energies on the order of the Planck energy or lower is predicted by many quantum gravity theories, implying non-trivial dispersion relations for the photon in vacuum. Consequently, gamma-rays of different energies, emitted simultaneously from astrophysical sources, could accumulate measurable differences in their time of flight until they reach the Earth. Such tests have been carried out in the past using fast variations of gamma-ray flux from pulsars, and more recently from active galactic nuclei and gamma-ray bursts. We present new constraints studying the gamma-ray emission of the galactic Crab Pulsar, recently observed up to TeV energies by the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) collaboration. A profile likelihood analysis of pulsar events reconstructed for energies above 400. GeV finds no significant variation in arrival time as their energy increases.. Ninety-five percent CL limits are obtained on the effective Lorentz invariance violating energy scale at the level of E-QG1 > 5.5 x 10(17) GeV (4.5 x 10(17) GeV) for a linear, and E-QG2 > 5.9 x 10(10) GeV (5.3 x 10(10) GeV) for a quadratic scenario, for the subluminal and the superluminal cases, respectively. A substantial part of this study is dedicated to calibration of the test statistic, with respect to bias and coverage properties. Moreover, the limits take into account systematic uncertainties, which are found to worsen the statistical limits by about 36%-42%. Our constraints would have been much more stringent if the intrinsic pulse shape of the pulsar between 200 GeV and 400 GeV was understood in sufficient detail and allowed inclusion of events well below 400 GeV.


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We would like to thank the Instituto de Astrofiisica de Canarias for the excellent working conditions at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma. The financial support of the German BMBF and MPG, the Italian INFN and INAF, the Swiss National Fund SNF, the ERDF under the Spanish MINECO (FPA2015-69818-P, FPA2012-36668, FPA2015-68378-P, FPA2015-69210C6-2-R, FPA2015-69210-C6-4-R, FPA2015-69210-C6-6-R, AYA2015-71042-P, AYA2016-76012-C3-1-P, ESP2015-71662-C2-2-P, CSD2009-00064) and the Japanese JSPS and MEXT is gratefully acknowledged. This work was also supported by the Spanish Centro de Excelencia 'Severo Ochoa' SEV-2012-0234 and SEV-2015-0548, and Unidad de Excelencia 'Maria de Maeztu' MDM-2014-0369, by the Croatian Science Foundation (HrZZ) Project 09/176 and the University of Rijeka Project 13.12.1.3.02, by the DFG Collaborative Research Centers SFB823/C4 and SFB876/C3, and by the Polish Narodowe Centrum Nauki grant 2016/22/M/ST9/00382. This work is partially supported by the grant through the Polish Narodowe Centrum Nauki No. 2014/15/B/ST9/04043. The Nancay Radio Observatory is operated by the Paris Observatory, associated with the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

Uncontrolled Keywords:High-energy emission; Gamma-ray emission; Crab pulsar; Eclipsing binary; Major upgrade; Psr 1957+20; Nebula; Acceleration; Wind; Discovery; High-energy emission; Gamma-ray emission; Crab pulsar; Eclipsing binary; Major upgrade; Psr 1957+20; Nebula; Acceleration; Wind; Discovery; Radiation mechanisms: Non-thermal; Binaries:close; Pulsars: general; Pulsars: individual: B1957+20; Gamma-rays: general
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Electronics
Sciences > Physics > Nuclear physics
ID Code:46227
Deposited On:29 Jan 2018 17:15
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 14:57

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