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Inverse-Compton gamma-rays from plerions

Authors
  • Harding, A.K.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1994
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF00195038
OAI: oai:inspirehep.net:387738
Source
INSPIRE-HEP
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Abstract

Young pulsars surrounded by supernova remnants can power synchrotron nebulae through the injection of relativistic particles. Inverse Compton scattering by the high-energy electrons and positrons can produce TeV gamma-ray emission strong enough to be detectable by ground-based telescopes. The Crab nebula is the archetypical example of a gamma-ray plerion and was the first detected TeV source. The observed spectrum is consistent with predictions of synchrotron-self Compton models. This paper will review such models for the Crab and other plerions. Inverse-Compton scattering on other soft photon sources, particularly the 2.7K microwave background, may also be detectable in older remnants.

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