Search for TeV rays from SN 1987 A during December 1987 and January 1988

I. A. Bond, E. Budding, M. J. Conway, K. B. Fenton, H. Fujii, Z. Fujii, M. Fujimoto, H. Hasegawa, N. Hayashida, M. Honda, N. Hotta, J. E. Humble, S. Kabe, K. Kasahara, T. Kifune, A. Masaike, Y. Matsubara, K. Mitsui, Y. Miura, M. MoriK. Murakami, Y. Muraki, M. Nagano, K. Nakamura, T. Nakamura, P. M. Norris, Y. Ohashi, A. Okada, To Saito, M. Sakata, H. Sato, S. Shibata, M. Shima, J. R. Storey, T. Tanimori, M. Teshima, Shoji Torii, K. Uchino, Y. Watase, M. D. Woodhams, Y. Yamamoto, P. C M Yock, T. Yuda

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Very-high-energy rays emitted by the supernova 1987A were searched for at the Black Birch Range in New Zealand during December 1987 and January 1988. Data obtained in 42 hours of observation time give an upper bound on the flux at the 95% confidence level of 6.1 × 10-12 cm-2 s-1 for rays with energies above 3 TeV. Data obtained on 14 and 15 January are found to have excess counts, above the background level, corresponding to a flux of (1.9+0.5)×10-11 cm-2 s-1 and a total energy of 1043 ergs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2292-2295
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


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Bond, I. A., Budding, E., Conway, M. J., Fenton, K. B., Fujii, H., Fujii, Z., Fujimoto, M., Hasegawa, H., Hayashida, N., Honda, M., Hotta, N., Humble, J. E., Kabe, S., Kasahara, K., Kifune, T., Masaike, A., Matsubara, Y., Mitsui, K., Miura, Y., ... Yuda, T. (1988). Search for TeV rays from SN 1987 A during December 1987 and January 1988. Physical Review Letters, 61(20), 2292-2295.