PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 301 - 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2017) - Session Gamma-Ray Astronomy. GA-extra-galactic
The exceptional VHE gamma-ray outburst of PKS 1510-089 in May 2016
M. Zacharias,* J. Sitarek, D. Dominis Prester, F. Jankowsky, E. Lindfors, M. Mohamed, D. Sanchez, T. Terzic on behalf of the H.E.S.S. and MAGIC Collaborations
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: August 16, 2017
Published on: August 03, 2018
Abstract
PKS 1510-089 (z=0.361) is one of only a handful of flat spectrum radio quasars that have been detected at very high energy (VHE, $E>100\,$GeV) gamma rays. It is a very active source across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. VHE observations in May 2016 with H.E.S.S. and MAGIC revealed an exceptionally strong flare, which lasted for less than two nights, and exhibited a peak flux of about 0.8 times the flux of the Crab Nebula above $200\,$GeV. The flare provides the first evidence of intranight variability at VHE in this source. While optical observations with ATOM reveal a counterpart at optical frequencies, {\it Fermi}-LAT observations reveal only low flux variability at high energy (HE, $E>100\,$MeV) gamma rays. Interestingly, the HE spectral index significantly hardens during the peak of the VHE flare, indicating a strong shift of the peak frequency of the high energy component. Given the expected strong absorption due to the broad-line region, the VHE emission region cannot be located deep within that region.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.301.0655
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