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Physics Insights from Recent MAGIC AGN Observations

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DOI: 10.1142/S0218271809015667
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The total set of the 14 active galactic nuclei detected by MAGIC so far includes well-studied bright blazars like Mkn 501, the giant radio galaxy M 87, but also the distant flat-spectrum radio quasar 3C 279, and an intriguing gamma-ray source in the 3C 66A/B region, whose energy spectrum is not compatible with the expectations from 3C 66A. Besides scheduled observations, so far MAGIC succeeded in discovering TeV gamma rays from three blazars following triggers from high optical states. I report selected highlights from recent MAGIC observations of extragalactic TeV gamma-ray sources, emphasizing and discussing the new physics insights the MAGIC observations were able to contribute.

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