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Associations of Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Sources Discovered by H.E.S.S. with Pulsar Wind Nebulae

Abstract : The H.E.S.S. array of imaging Cherenkov telescopes has discovered a number of previously unknown gamma-ray sources in the very high energy (VHE) domain above 100 GeV. The good angular resolution of H.E.S.S. (~0.1 degree per event), as well as its sensitivity (a few percent of the Crab Nebula flux) and wide 5-degree field of view, allow a much better constrained search for counterparts in comparison to previous instruments. In several cases, the association of the VHE sources revealed by H.E.S.S. with pulsar wind nebulae (PWNe) is supported by a combination of positional and morphological evidence, multi-wavelength observations, and plausible PWN model parameters. These include the plerions in the composite supernova remnants G 0.9+0.1 and MSH 15-52, the recently discovered Vela X nebula, two new sources in the Kookaburra complex, and the association of HESS J1825-137 with PSR B1823-13. The properties of these better-established associations are reviewed. A number of other sources discovered by H.E.S.S. are located near high spin-down power pulsars, but the evidence for association is less complete. These possible associations are also discussed, in the context of the available multi-wavelength data and plausible PWN scenarios.
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Y.A. Gallant. Associations of Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Sources Discovered by H.E.S.S. with Pulsar Wind Nebulae. 3rd Workshop on the Nature of Unidentified High-Energy Sources - The multi-messenger approach to high energy gamma-ray sources, Jul 2006, Barcelone, Spain. pp.197-202, ⟨10.1007/s10509-007-9430-y⟩. ⟨in2p3-00126287⟩



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