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gamma-ray emission from LS I +61 303: The impact of basic system uncertainties

Authors
  • Sierpowska-Bartosik, Agnieszka
  • Torres, Diego F.
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
Mar 11, 2009
Submission Date
Nov 15, 2008
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/693/2/1462
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

LS I +61 303 has been recently detected as a periodic gamma-ray source by the Major Atmospheric Imaging Cerenkov (MAGIC) telescope. A distinctive orbital correlation of the $\gamma$-ray emission was found. This work shows that the range of uncertainties yet at hand in the orbital elements of the binary system LSI as well as in the possible assumptions on the stellar wind of the optical companion play a non-negligible role in the computation of opacities to high energy processes leading to $\gamma$-ray predictions. The geometry influence on the propagation and escape of $\gamma$-ray photons is explored. With this study at hand, we analyse the results of a pulsar wind zone model for the production of gamma-rays and compare it with recent MAGIC observations.

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