Discovery of very high energy gamma-rays from 1ES 1011+496 at z=0.212



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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 Nieto, Daniel (2007) Discovery of very high energy gamma-rays from 1ES 1011+496 at z=0.212. Astrophysical journal, 667 (1 (Par). L21-L24. ISSN 0004-637X

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We report on the discovery of very high energy (VHE) gamma-ray emission from the BL Lacertae object 1ES 1011+496. The observation was triggered by an optical outburst in 2007 March and the source was observed with the MAGIC telescope from 2007 March to May. Observing for 18.7 hr, we find an excess of 6.2 sigma with an integrated flux above 200 GeV of ( 1.58 +/- 0.32) x 10(-11) photons cm(-2) s(-1). The VHE gamma-ray flux is > 40% higher than in 2006 March-April ( reported elsewhere), indicating that the VHE emission state may be related to the optical emission state. We have also determined the redshift of 1ES 1011+496 based on an optical spectrum that reveals the absorption lines of the host galaxy. The redshift of z = 0.212 makes 1ES 1011+496 the most distant source observed to emit VHE gamma-rays to date.

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© The American Astronomical Society. We thank the IAC for the excellent working conditions at the ORM. The support of the German BMBF and MPG, the Italian INFN, the Spanish CICYT, the ETH Research Grant TH 34/04 3, and the Polish MNiI Grant 1P03D01028 is gratefully acknowledged. We thank A. Berdyugin for performing the optical observations and A. Lähteenmäki (Metsähovi) for the radio observations.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Extragalactic Background Light, BL-Lacertae Objects, TEV Blazars, LAC Objects, Emission, PG-1553+113, Absorption, Telescope, Evolution, Radiation.
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Electronics
Sciences > Physics > Electricity
Sciences > Physics > Nuclear physics
ID Code:23769
Deposited On:03 Dec 2013 11:28
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 14:58

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