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Detection of variable VHE gamma-ray emission from the extra-galactic gamma-ray binary LMC P3
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Number of Authors: 2472018 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 610, article id L17Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Context. Recently, the high-energy (HE, 0.1-100 GeV) gamma-ray emission from the object LMC P3 in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) has been discovered to be modulated with a 10.3-day period, making it the first extra-galactic gamma-ray binary.

Aims. This work aims at the detection of very-high-energy (VHE, >100 GeV) gamma-ray emission and the search for modulation of the VHE signal with the orbital period of the binary system.

Methods. LMC P3 has been observed with the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.); the acceptance-corrected exposure time is 100 h. The data set has been folded with the known orbital period of the system in order to test for variability of the emission.

Results. VHE gamma-ray emission is detected with a statistical significance of 6.4 sigma. The data clearly show variability which is phase-locked to the orbital period of the system. Periodicity cannot be deduced from the H.E.S.S. data set alone. The orbit-averaged luminosity in the 1-10 TeV energy range is (1.4 +/- 0.2) x 10(35) erg s(-1). A luminosity of (5 +/- 1) x 10(35) erg s(-1) is reached during 20% of the orbit. HE and VHE gamma-ray emissions are anti-correlated. LMC P3 is the most luminous gamma-ray binary known so far.

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2018. Vol. 610, article id L17
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gamma rays: stars, binaries: general, stars: massive
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-154785DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201732426ISI: 000427146200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-154785DiVA, id: diva2:1198596
Available from: 2018-04-18 Created: 2018-04-18 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved

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