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Discovery of the VHE gamma-ray source HESS J1832-093 in the vicinity of SNR G22.7-0.2

A. Abramowski F. Aharonian F. Ait Benkhali A. G. Akhperjanian E. Angüner G. Anton S. Balenderan Agnès Balzer A. Barnacka Y. Becherini J. Becker Tjus K. Bernlöhr E. Birsin E. Bissaldi J. Biteau 1 M. Böttcher C. Boisson J. Bolmont 2 P. Bordas J. Brucker F. Brun P. Brun 3 T. Bulik S. Carrigan S. Casanova M. Cerruti P. M. Chadwick R. Chalme-Calvet 2 R. C. G. Chaves A. Cheesebrough M. Chrétien S. Colafrancesco G. Cologna J. Conrad C. Couturier Y. Cui M. Dalton M. K. Daniel I. D. Davids B. Degrange 1 C. Deil P. Dewilt H. J. Dickinson A. Djannati-Ataï W. Domainko L. O'C. Drury G. Dubus K. Dutson J. Dyks M. Dyrda T. Edwards K. Egberts P. Eger P. Espigat C. Farnier S. Fegan F. Feinstein 4 M. V. Fernandes D. Fernandez 4 A. Fiasson 5 G. Fontaine 1 A. Förster M. Füßling M. Gajdus Y. A. Gallant 4 T. Garrigoux 2 G. Giavitto B. Giebels 1 J. F. Glicenstein M. -H. Grondin M. Grudzińska S. Häffner J. Hahn J. Harris G. Heinzelmann G. Henri G. Hermann O. Hervet A. Hillert J. A. Hinton W. Hofmann P. Hofverberg M. Holler D. Horns A. Jacholkowska 2 C. Jahn M. Jamrozy M. Janiak F. Jankowsky I. Jung M. A. Kastendieck K. Katarzyński U. Katz S. Kaufmann B. Khélifi 1 Michel Kieffer S. Klepser D. Klochkov W. Kluźniak T. Kneiske D. Kolitzus Nu. Komin 5 K. Kosack S. Krakau F. Krayzel 5 P. P. Krüger H. Laffon G. Lamanna 5 J. Lefaucheur A. Lemière M. Lemoine-Goumard J. -P. Lenain 2 D. Lennarz T. Lohse A. Lopatin C. -C. Lu V. Marandon Alexandre Marcowith 4 R. Marx G. Maurin 5 N. Maxted M. Mayer T. J. L. Mccomb J. Méhault 4 P. J. Meintjes U. Menzler M. Meyer R. Moderski M. Mohamed Emmanuel Moulin 6 T. Murach C. L. Naumann 2 M. de Naurois 1 J. Niemiec S. J. Nolan L. Oakes S. Ohm E. de O Na Wilhelmi B. Opitz M. Ostrowski I. Oya M. Panter R. D. Parsons M. Paz Arribas N. W. Pekeur G. Pelletier J. Perez P. -O. Petrucci B. Peyaud S. Pita H. Poon G. Pühlhofer M. Punch A. Quirrenbach S. Raab M. Raue A. Reimer O. Reimer M. Renaud 4 R. de Los Reyes F. Rieger L. Rob C. Romoli S. Rosier-Lees 5 G. Rowell B. Rudak C. B. Rulten V. Sahakian D. A. Sanchez 5 A. Santangelo R. Schlickeiser F. Schüssler A. Schulz U. Schwanke S. Schwarzburg S. Schwemmer H. Sol G. Spengler F. Spies L. Stawarz R. Steenkamp C. Stegmann F. Stinzing K. Stycz I. Sushch A. Szostek J. -P. Tavernet 2 T. Tavernier A. M. Taylor R. Terrier M. Tluczykont C. Trichard 5 K. Valerius C. van Eldik B. van Soelen G. Vasileiadis 4 C. Venter A. Viana P. Vincent H. J. Völk F. Volpe M. Vorster T. Vuillaume S. J. Wagner P. Wagner M. Ward M. Weidinger Q. Weitzel R. White A. Wierzcholska P. Willmann A. Wörnlein D. Wouters V. Zabalza M. Zacharias A. Zajczyk A. A. Zdziarski A. Zech H. -S. Zechlin
Abstract : The region around the supernova remnant (SNR) W41 contains several TeV sources and has prompted the H.E.S.S. Collaboration to perform deep observations of this field of view. This resulted in the discovery of the new very high energy (VHE) source HESS J1832-093, at the position $\rm RA=18^h 32^m 50^s \pm 3^s_{stat} \pm 2^s_{syst}, \rm Dec=-9^\circ 22' 36'' \pm 32''_{stat} \pm 20''_{syst} (J2000)$, spatially coincident with a part of the radio shell of the neighboring remnant G22.7-0.2. The photon spectrum is well described by a power-law of index $\Gamma = 2.6 \pm 0.3_{\rm stat} \pm 0.1_{\rm syst}$ and a normalization at 1 TeV of $\Phi_0=(4.8 \pm 0.8_{\rm stat}\pm 1.0_{\rm syst})\,\times\,10^{-13}\,\rm{cm} ^{-2}\,s^{-1}\,TeV^{-1}$. The location of the gamma-ray emission on the edge of the SNR rim first suggested a signature of escaping cosmic-rays illuminating a nearby molecular cloud. Then a dedicated XMM-Newton observation led to the discovery of a new X-ray point source spatially coincident with the TeV excess. Two other scenarios were hence proposed to identify the nature of HESS J1832-093. Gamma-rays from inverse Compton radiation in the framework of a pulsar wind nebula scenario or the possibility of gamma-ray production within a binary system are therefore also considered. Deeper multi-wavelength observations will help to shed new light on this intriguing VHE source.
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A. Abramowski, F. Aharonian, F. Ait Benkhali, A. G. Akhperjanian, E. Angüner, et al.. Discovery of the VHE gamma-ray source HESS J1832-093 in the vicinity of SNR G22.7-0.2. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy P - Oxford Open Option A, 2015, 446, pp.1163-1169. ⟨10.1093/mnras/stu2148⟩. ⟨in2p3-01085027⟩

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