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  • B Rocca-Volmerange, H Sol, S Collin, A Abrassart, B Czerny, A.-M Dumont +1 other
  • 2000
The main characteristics of the average spectrum of radio quiet AGN in the UV and X-ray range are reviewed, and the emission mechanisms are discussed in the framework of accretion disk models, in particular the " irradiated cold relativistic disk ". It is shown that some problems arise in confronting the predictions of the model to the observations. We(More)
The origin of Galactic cosmic rays (with energies up to 10 15 eV) remains unclear, though it is widely believed that they originate in the shock waves of expanding supernova remnants [1][2]. Currently the best way to investigate their acceleration and propagation is by observing the γ-rays produced when cosmic rays interact with interstellar gas [3]. Here(More)
A significant fraction of the energy density of the interstellar medium is in the form of high-energy charged particles (cosmic rays). The origin of these particles remains uncertain. Although it is generally accepted that the only sources capable of supplying the energy required to accelerate the bulk of Galactic cosmic rays are supernova explosions, and(More)
Aims. We present results from deep observations of the Galactic shell-type supernova remnant (SNR) RX J1713.7−3946 (also known as G347.3−0.5) conducted with the complete H.E.S.S. array in 2004. Methods. Detailed morphological and spatially resolved spectral studies reveal the very-high-energy (VHE – Energies E > 100 GeV) gamma-ray aspects of this object(More)
The Vela supernova remnant (SNR) is a complex region containing a number of sources of non-thermal radiation. The inner section of this SNR, within 2 degrees of the pulsar PSR B0833−45, has been observed by the H.E.S.S. γ-ray atmospheric Cherenkov detector in 2004 and 2005. A strong signal is seen from an extended region to the south of the pulsar, within(More)
Very high energy gamma-rays probe the long-standing mystery of the origin of cosmic rays. Produced in the interactions of accelerated particles in astrophysical objects, they can be used to image cosmic particle accelerators. A first sensitive survey of the inner part of the Milky Way with the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) reveals a population of(More)
X-ray binaries are composed of a normal star in orbit around a neutron star or stellar-mass black hole. Radio and x-ray observations have led to the presumption that some x-ray binaries called microquasars behave as scaled-down active galactic nuclei. Microquasars have resolved radio emission that is thought to arise from a relativistic outflow akin to(More)
Active galactic nuclei (AGNs) display many energetic phenomena--broad emission lines, X-rays, relativistic jets, radio lobes--originating from matter falling onto a supermassive black hole. It is widely accepted that orientation effects play a major role in explaining the observational appearance of AGNs. Seen from certain directions, circum-nuclear dust(More)
The serendipitous discovery of an unidentified extended TeV γ-ray source close to the galactic plane named HESS J1303-631 at a significance of 21 standard deviations is reported. The observations were performed between February and June 2004 with the H.E.S.S. stereoscopic system of Cherenkov telescopes in Namibia. HESS J1303-631 was discovered roughly 0.6 •(More)
The detection of fast variations of the tera-electron volt (TeV) (10(12) eV) gamma-ray flux, on time scales of days, from the nearby radio galaxy M87 is reported. These variations are about 10 times as fast as those observed in any other wave band and imply a very compact emission region with a dimension similar to the Schwarzschild radius of the central(More)