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Volume 358 - 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019) - GRI - Gamma Ray Indirect
Discovery of the TeV Emission from the Jet Interaction Regions of SS 433 with HAWC
C.D. Rho,* C.D. Rho", H. Zhou", S. BenZvi
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: 2019 July 22
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Abstract
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) observatory recently published the discovery of SS 433 as a TeV source, reporting the observation of multi-TeV gamma-ray emission from the jet interaction regions e1 and w1, suggesting in-situ particle acceleration. This showed the first direct evidence of acceleration in jets at energies greater than a few TeV. SS 433 was the first microquasar to be discovered and is still considered special in that the accretion is supercritical and the luminosity of the system is very high ($\sim10^{40}$ erg s$^{-2}$). The lobes of the supernova remnant W 50 in which the jets terminate, about 40 parsecs from the central binary, are expected to accelerate charged particles, and indeed radio and X-ray emission consistent with electron synchrotron emission in a magnetic field have been observed. SS 433 has also been a strong candidate for hadronic acceleration due to spectroscopic evidence of ionized nuclei in the inner jets. However, multiwavelength fits including the HAWC measurements favor the leptonic production of the observed gamma rays. Here, we present new follow-up measurements of the jet interaction regions of SS 433 using the most recent data from HAWC.
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