Magic gamma-ray telescope observation of the Perseus cluster of galaxies: implications for cosmic rays, dark matter, and NGC 1275



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Antoranz Canales, Pedro and Barrio Uña, Juan Abel and Contreras González, José Luis and Fonseca González, Mª Victoria and Miranda Pantoja, José Miguel and Nieto, Daniel (2010) Magic gamma-ray telescope observation of the Perseus cluster of galaxies: implications for cosmic rays, dark matter, and NGC 1275. Astrophysical journal, 710 (1). pp. 634-647. ISSN 0004-637X

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The Perseus galaxy cluster was observed by the MAGIC Cherenkov telescope for a total effective time of 24.4 hr during 2008 November and December. The resulting upper limits on the gamma-ray emission above 100 GeV are in the range of 4.6-7.5 x 10(-12) cm(-2) s(-1) for spectral indices from -1.5 to -2.5, thereby constraining the emission produced by cosmic rays, dark matter annihilations, and the central radio galaxy NGC 1275. Results are compatible with cosmological cluster simulations for the cosmic-ray-induced gamma-ray emission, constraining the average cosmic ray-to-thermal pressure to < 4% for the cluster core region (< 8% for the entire cluster).

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© The American Astronomical Society. We thank the anonymous referee for valuable comments. We thank Volker Springel for the important work on CR implementation into the GADGET code and comments on the paper. We also thank Yoel Rephaeli for the useful comments on the paper and Eugene Churazov for providing us XMM-Newton X-ray contours. 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, and Spanish MICINN is gratefully acknowledged. This work was also supported by ETH Research Grant TH 34/043, by the Polish MNiSzW Grant N N203 390834, by the YIP of the Helmholtz Gemeinschaft, and by grant DO02-353 of the Bulgarian National Science Fund.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Active Galactic Nuclei, Particle Hydrodynamics Simulations, Flux-Limited Sample, Hard X-Ray, Magnetic-Fields, Radio Halos, Coma Cluster, Cosmological Simulations, Intergalactic Medium, Hess Observations.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electronics
Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Nuclear physics
ID Code:22316
Deposited On:22 Jul 2013 10:55
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 14:58

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