Résumé / Abstract Seminaire_IAP
« Gamma-ray binaries: VHE beacons in the Galaxy »

Guillaume Dubus
Lab. Astroph. Grenoble (LAOG), Obs. Grenoble (Grenoble, France)

The gamma-ray sky at very high energies (VHE, > 1e11 eV) is far from barren.
Observations by new facilities in the past years have revealed new, unsuspected sources with a rich phenomenology. Binaries are amongst these sources. Their VHE lightcurves are modulated on their orbital period. I will review the observations and physical processes at work in these intriguing systems. The gamma-ray binaries are likely to harbour very young neutron stars and I will discuss what the systems might teach us about the physics of relativistic pulsar winds, one of the long standing problems of high energy astrophysics.
vendredi 26 septembre 2008 - 11:00
Salle des séminaires Évry Schatzman, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
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