MAGIC VHE gamma-ray observations of binary systems
August 16, 2017
August 03, 2018
There are several types of Galactic sources that can potentially accelerate charged particles up to GeV and TeV energies. We present here the results of our observations of the source class of γ-ray binaries and the subclass of binary systems known as novae with the MAGIC telescopes. Up to now novae were only detected in the GeV range. This emission can be interpreted in terms of an inverse Compton process of electrons accelerated in a shock. In this case it is expected that protons in the same conditions can be accelerated to much higher energies. Consequently they may produce a second component in the γ-ray spectrum at TeV energies.
The focus here lies on the four sources: nova V339 Del, SS 433, LS I +61◦303 and V404 Cygni. The binary system LS I +61◦303 was observed in a long-term monitoring campaign for 8 years. We show the newest results on our search for superorbital variability, also in context with contemporaneous optical observations. Furthermore, we present the observations of the only supercritical accretion system known in our galaxy: SS 433. Finally, the results of the follow-up observations of the microquasar V404 Cygni during a series of outbursts in the X-ray band and the ones of the nova V339 Del will be discussed in these proceedings.
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