Very-high-energy Gamma-ray Observations of Pulsar Wind Nebulae and Cataclysmic Variable Stars with MAGIC and Development of Trigger Systems for IACTs

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Springer, Sep 29, 2016 - Science - 217 pages
This thesis is a comprehensive work that addresses many of the open questions currently being discusssed in the very-high-energy (VHE) gamma-ray community. It presents a detailed description of the MAGIC telescope together with a glimpse of the future Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). One section is devoted to the design, development and characterization of trigger systems for current and future imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes. The book also features a state-of-the-art description of pulsar wind nebula (PWN) systems, the study of the multi-TeV spectrum of the Crab nebula, as well as the discovery of VHE gamma rays at the multiwavelength PWN 3C 58, which were sought at these wavelengths for more than twenty years. It also includes the contextualization of this discovery amongst the current population of VHE gamma-ray PWNe. Cataclysmic variable stars represent a new source of gamma ray energies, and are also addressed here. In closing, the thesis reports on the systematic search for VHE gamma-ray emissions of AE Aquarii in a multiwavelength context and the search for VHE gamma-ray variability of novae during outbursts at different wavelengths.
 

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Contents

Introduction
2
1 Short Introduction to Cosmic Ray and γRay Astronomy
3
2 The Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Technique and the IACTs MAGIC and CTA
15
Contributions to the Lowering of the Threshold of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes
65
3 Single Telescope Trigger for CTA
66
A New Stereo Trigger for Lowering the Energy Threshold of IACTs
91
Pulsar Wind Nebulae
104
5 Introduction to Pulsar Wind Nebulae
107
7 The Puzzling PWN 3C 58
149
Cataclysmic Variable Stars
164
8 Introduction to Cataclysmic Variable Stars
167
9 Multiwavelength Campaign on AE Aquarii
173
10 Nova and Dwarf Nova Observations with MAGIC
187
11 Summary and Concluding Remarks
201
Appendix AMathematical Calculations
204
Appendix BAdditional Tables
209

A GammaRay Factory in Our Backyard
127

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