Mesure du flux de rayons gamma entre 50 et 350 GeV du blazar Mrk 501 avec l'expérience CELESTE

Abstract : The blazar Mrk 501 has a nonthermal emission spectrum with two components. The first one, located between radio waves and X-rays, is due to the synchrotron emission of the magnetized jet, while the second one, emitted in the high energy gamma-ray domain, is still not fully understood. Until 1999, this last domain had only been covered between 100 MeV and 4 GeV as well as above 300 GeV. This energy gap was filled by the creation of the CELESTE experiment, recording Cherenkov emission produced by gamma-rays between 50 and 350 GeV penetrating the atmosphere. Mrk 501, which has a variable emission, was observed in 2000 and 2001, and was detected in 2000. A flux has been calculated which constrains the high energy emission models, presented in this thesis.
Crab nebula flux measurements validate the method since this source is the standard candle for atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes. Analysis cuts for Mrk 501 are determined using data from the blazar Mrk 421, which has nearly the same declination as Mrk 501. Finally, improved detector simulations were used to calculate the effective area of the instrument, taking the atmosphere quality into account, yielding the flux for Mrk 501 during observations taken between April and June 2000. This flux was compared with a synchrotron self-Compton emission model and with data taken in X-rays. It shows that Mrk 501 was slightly more active during this period compared to the remainder of the year and to the year 2001. A flux upper limit is calculated for the other measurements. This is the first measurement in the energy range 50 - 350 GeV (this range represents the limits in energy for which the trigger rate, that is the convolution between the source spectrum and the effective area of the instrument, is higher than 20 % of the trigger maximum). It helps to constrain the position of the inverse Compton emission maximum and tends to favor, in this particular case, X- and gamma-ray emission processes from two different electron populations (the X-ray variation is weak compared to the gamma-ray one).
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Cosmology and Extra-Galactic Astrophysics [astro-ph.CO]. Université Sciences et Technologies - Bordeaux I, 2005. French


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Elisabeth Brion. Mesure du flux de rayons gamma entre 50 et 350 GeV du blazar Mrk 501 avec l'expérience CELESTE. Cosmology and Extra-Galactic Astrophysics [astro-ph.CO]. Université Sciences et Technologies - Bordeaux I, 2005. French. <tel-00089747>

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