Observations of the Crab pulsar between 25 and 100 GeV with the MAGIC I telescope



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Antoranz Canales, Pedro and Barrio Uña, Juan Abel and Contreras González, José Luis and Fonseca González, Mª Victoria and López Moya, Marcos and Miranda Pantoja, José Miguel and Satalecka, Konstanzja and Scapin, Valeria (2011) Observations of the Crab pulsar between 25 and 100 GeV with the MAGIC I telescope. Astrophysical journal, 742 (1). ISSN 0004-637X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/742/1/43


We report on the observation of gamma-rays above 25 GeV from the Crab pulsar (PSR B0532+ 21) using the MAGIC I telescope. Two data sets from observations during the winter period 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 are used. In order to discuss the spectral shape from 100 MeV to 100 GeV, one year of public Fermi Large Area Telescope (Fermi-LAT) data are also analyzed to complement the MAGIC data. The extrapolation of the exponential cutoff spectrum determined with the Fermi-LAT data is inconsistent with MAGIC measurements, which requires a modification of the standard pulsar emission models. In the energy region between 25 and 100 GeV, the emission in the P1 phase (from -0.06 to 0.04, location of the main pulse) and the P2 phase (from 0.32 to 0.43, location of the interpulse) can be described by power laws with spectral indices of -3.1 +/- 1.0(stat) +/- 0.3(syst) and -3.5 +/- 0.5(stat) +/- 0.3(syst), respectively. Assuming an asymmetric Lorentzian for the pulse shape, the peak positions of the main pulse and the interpulse are estimated to be at phases -0.009 +/- 0.007 and 0.393 +/- 0.009, while the full widths at half- maximum are 0.025 +/- 0.008 and 0.053 +/- 0.015, respectively.

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© The American Astronomical Society. We thank the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias for the excellent working conditions at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma. The support of the German BMBF and MPG, the Italian INFN, the Swiss National Fund SNF, and the Spanish MICINN is gratefully acknowledged. This work was also supported by the Marie Curie program, by the CPAN CSD2007-00042 and MultiDark CSD2009-00064 projects of the Spanish Consolider-Ingenio 2010 programme, by grant DO02-353 of the Bulgarian NSF, by grant 127740 of the Academy of Finland, by the YIP of the Helmholtz Gemeinschaft, by the DFG Cluster of Excellence "Origin and Structure of the Universe," by the DFG Collaborative Research Centers SFB823/C4 and SFB876/C3, and by the Polish MNiSzW grant 745/N-HESS-MAGIC/2010/0. This work is also supported by the Formosa Program between National Science Council in Taiwan and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Spain administered through grant number NSC100-2923-M-007-001-MY3. We acknowledge the use of public tools and data provided by the Fermi Science Support Center.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Gamma-Ray Pulsars, High-Energy Emission, Rapidly Spinning Pulsars, Electric-Field Structure, Fermi-Lat Observations, Outer Gap Accelerator, Polar Caps, Slot Gaps, Particle-Acceleration, Potential Drops.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electronics
Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Nuclear physics
ID Code:22035
Deposited On:25 Jun 2013 13:39
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