The Role of Plasma Instabilities in the Propagation of Gamma-Rays from Distant Blazars

Дата и время публикации : 2013-11-26T17:48:56Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Andrey Saveliev
Carmelo Evoli
Guenter Sigl

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Коментарии к cтатье: 8 pages, 5 figures; to be submitted to MNRAS
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE

Краткий обзор статьи: The observation in the GeV band of distant blazars has been recently used to put constraints on the Extragalactic Background Light (EBL) and Extragalactic Magnetic Fields (EGMF). To support such claims one has to assume that the leptonic component of the electromagnetic cascade initiated by blazar gamma-rays is deflected away by strong enough EGMF, suppressing the signal in the Fermi window. Apart from magnetic fields, the development of such a cascade might be affected by plasma instabilities due to interactions with the ionized component of the Intergalactic Medium (IGM). In this paper we model the electromagnetic cascade through a Monte Carlo simulation in which both effects are taken into account separately, and we derive constraints on these scenarios from the combined Fermi-HESS data set. In the specific case of 1ES 0229+200 observations, we show that both explanations of the GeV flux suppression are compatible with the available data, specifically by assuming a magnetic field of $B gtrsim 10^{-16},rm{G}$ or an IGM temperature of $T lesssim 5 times 10^{4},rm{K}$ along the line of sight. Future observations of the spectra of high redshift ($zlesssim 1$) TeV objects will help to distinguish magnetic field and plasma effects on electromagnetic cascades in the IGM.

Category: Physics