One fundamental question about pulsars concerns the mechanism of their pulsed electromagnetic emission. Measuring the high- end region of a pulsar's spectrum would shed light on this question. By developing a new electronic trigger, we lowered the threshold of the Major Atmospheric gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) telescope to 25 giga-electron volts. In this configuration, we detected pulsed gamma-rays from the Crab pulsar that were greater than 25 giga-electron volts, revealing a relatively high cutoff energy in the phase- averaged spectrum. This indicates that the emission occurs far out in the magnetosphere, hence excluding the polar- cap scenario as a possible explanation of our measurement. The high cutoff energy also challenges the slot- gap scenario.

Observation of Pulsed γ-Rays Above 25 GeV From the Crab Pulsar with MAGIC

BASTIERI, DENIS;E. Bernardini;DAZZI, FRANCESCO;DORO, MICHELE;LOMBARDI, SAVERIO;MARIOTTI, MOSE';PASCOLI, DONATELLA;PERUZZO, LUIGI;PRANDINI, ELISA;SAGGION, ANTONIO;SARTORI, PAOLO;SCALZOTTO, VILLI MARIO;
2009

Abstract

One fundamental question about pulsars concerns the mechanism of their pulsed electromagnetic emission. Measuring the high- end region of a pulsar's spectrum would shed light on this question. By developing a new electronic trigger, we lowered the threshold of the Major Atmospheric gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) telescope to 25 giga-electron volts. In this configuration, we detected pulsed gamma-rays from the Crab pulsar that were greater than 25 giga-electron volts, revealing a relatively high cutoff energy in the phase- averaged spectrum. This indicates that the emission occurs far out in the magnetosphere, hence excluding the polar- cap scenario as a possible explanation of our measurement. The high cutoff energy also challenges the slot- gap scenario.
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