Springer Theses

Extreme Particle Acceleration in Microquasar Jets and Pulsar Wind Nebulae with the MAGIC Telescopes

Authors: Fernández Barral, Alba

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  • Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellatara, Spain
  • Presents an extensive overview of various gamma-ray detection techniques, focusing on imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes, and complete descriptions of the MAGIC telescopes  
  • Provides a state-of-the-art overview of production mechanisms and sites for very-high-energy gamma rays inside microquasar jets and the absorption effects on these emissions  
  • Includes a detailed discussion of the possible pulsar wind nebula (PWN) nature of unassociated TeV sources, and the relation between the surrounding photon field density and very-high-energy gamma-ray emissions from this type of system
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This exhaustive work sheds new light on unsolved questions in gamma-ray astrophysics. It presents not only a complete introduction to the non-thermal Universe, but also a description of the Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov technique and the MAGIC telescopes. The Fermi-LAT satellite and the HAWC Observatory are also described, as results from both are included. The physics section of the book is divided into microquasars and pulsar wind nebulae (PWNe), and includes extended overviews of both.

In turn, the book discusses constraints on particle acceleration and gamma-ray production in microquasar jets, based on the analyses of MAGIC data on Cygnus X-1, Cygnus X-3 and V404 Cygni. Moreover, it presents the discovery of high-energy gamma-ray emissions from Cygnus X-1, using Fermi-LAT data. The book includes the first joint work between MAGIC, Fermi-LAT and HAWC, and discusses the hypothetical PWN nature of the targets in depth. It reports on a PWN population study that discusses, for the first time, the importance of the surrounding medium for gamma-ray production, and in closing presents technical work on the first Large-Size-Telescope (LST; CTA Collaboration), along with a complete description of the camera.

About the authors

After obtaining the Physics Degree in Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC), Dr. Alba Fernández Barral accomplished the master degree in Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology at the Università de Barcelona (UB). Afterwards, she joined the gamma-ray group in the Institute de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE), where she performed her PhD thesis within the MAGIC and CTA Collaborations. During this thesis period, she carried out several research sojourns in USA (at Michigan Technological University, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and University of Maryland, within Fermi-LAT and HAWC groups) and in Germany at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik. She successfully defended her thesis on October 2017 at IFAE.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Cosmic Rays and Gamma-Ray Astrophysics

    Fernández Barral, Alba

    Pages 3-16

  • Gamma-Ray Telescopes

    Fernández Barral, Alba

    Pages 17-79

  • Microquasars, Binary Systems with Powerful Jets

    Fernández Barral, Alba

    Pages 83-103

  • Cygnus X-1

    Fernández Barral, Alba

    Pages 105-131

  • Cygnus X-3

    Fernández Barral, Alba

    Pages 133-150

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97538-2
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Hardcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97537-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Extreme Particle Acceleration in Microquasar Jets and Pulsar Wind Nebulae with the MAGIC Telescopes
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97538-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97538-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97537-5
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 247
Number of Illustrations
75 b/w illustrations, 59 illustrations in colour
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