VERITAS upper limit on the very high energy emission from the radio galaxy NGC 1275

V. A. Acciari, E. Aliu, T. Arlen, T. Aune, M. Bautista, M. Beilicke, W. Benbow, D. Boltuch, S. M. Bradbury, J. H. Buckley, V. Bugaev, K. Byrum, A. Cannon, O. Celik, A. Cesarini, L. Ciupik, P. Cogan, W. Cui, R. Dickherber, C. DukeS. J. Fegan, J. P. Finley, P. Fortin, L. Fortson, A. Furniss, N. Galante, D. Gall, K. Gibbs, G. H. Gillanders, S. Godambe, J. Grube, R. Guenette, G. Gyuk, D. Hanna, J. Holder, D. Horan, C. M. Hui, T. B. Humensky, A. Imran, P. Kaaret, N. Karlsson, M. Kertzman, D. Kieda, A. Konopelko, H. Krawczynski, F. Krennrich, M. J. Lang, S. Lebohec, G. Maier, A. McCann, M. McCutcheon, J. Millis, P. Moriarty, R. Mukherjee, R. A. Ong, A. N. Otte, D. Pandel, J. S. Perkins, M. Pohl, J. Quinn, K. Ragan, P. T. Reynolds, E. Roache, H. J. Rose, M. Schroedter, G. H. Sembroski, A. W. Smith, D. Steele, S. P. Swordy, M. Theiling, J. A. Toner, A. Varlotta, V. V. Vassiliev, S. Vincent, R. G. Wagner, S. P. Wakely, J. E. Ward, T. C. Weekes, A. Weinstein, T. Weisgarber, D. A. Williams, S. Wissel, M. Wood, B. Zitzer, Jun Kataoka, E. Cavazzuti, C. C. Cheung, B. Lott, D. J. Thompson, G. Tosti

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    Abstract

    The recent detection by the Fermi γ-ray space telescope of high-energy γ-rays from the radio galaxy NGC1275 makes the observation of the very high energy (VHE: E>100GeV) part of its broadband spectrum particularly interesting, especially for the understanding of active galactic nuclei with misaligned multi-structured jets. The radio galaxy NGC 1275 was recently observed by VERITAS at energies above 100GeV for about 8hr. No VHE γ-ray emission was detected by VERITAS from NGC 1275. A 99% confidence level upper limit of 2.1% of the Crab Nebula flux level is obtained at the decorrelation energy of approximately 340GeV, corresponding to 19% of the power-law extrapolation of the Fermi Large Area Telescope result.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Volume706
    Issue number2 PART 2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    Keywords

    • Galaxies: individual (NGC 1275, 3C 84, Perseus A)
    • Galaxies: Seyfert
    • Gamma rays: observations

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Space and Planetary Science
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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    Acciari, V. A., Aliu, E., Arlen, T., Aune, T., Bautista, M., Beilicke, M., Benbow, W., Boltuch, D., Bradbury, S. M., Buckley, J. H., Bugaev, V., Byrum, K., Cannon, A., Celik, O., Cesarini, A., Ciupik, L., Cogan, P., Cui, W., Dickherber, R., ... Tosti, G. (2009). VERITAS upper limit on the very high energy emission from the radio galaxy NGC 1275. Astrophysical Journal, 706(2 PART 2). https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/706/2/L275