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Title: Observations with the High Altitude GAmma Ray (HAGAR) telescope array in the Indian Himalayas
Authors: Britto, R. J
Acharya, B. S
Anupama, G. C
Bhatt, N
Bhattacharjee, P
Bhattacharya, S. S
Chitnis, V. R
Cowsik, R
Dorji, N
Duhan, S. K
Gothe, K. S
Kamath, P. U
Koul, R
Mahesh, P. K
Mitra, A
Nagesh, B. K
Parmar, N. K
Prabhu, T. P
Rannot, R. C
Rao, S. K
Saha, L
Saleem, F
Saxena, A. K
Sharma, S. K
Shukla, A
Singh, B. B
Srinivasan, R
Srinivasulu, G
Sudersanan, P. V
Tickoo, A. K
Tsewang, D
Upadhya, S
Vishwanath, P. R
Yadav, K. K
Keywords: Gamma rays: atmospheric Cherenkov technique;Methods: data analysis;Telescopes: HAGAR
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Publisher: French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Citation: SF2A-2010: Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Eds.: S. Boissier, M. Heydari-Malayeri, R. Samadi and D. Valls-Gabaud, pp. 133 - 135
Abstract: For several decades, it was thought that astrophysical sources emit high energy photons within the energy range of the gamma-ray region of the lectromagnetic spectrum also. These photons originate from interactions of high energy articles from sources involving violent phenomena in the Universe (supernovae, pulsars, Active Galactic Nuclei, etc.) with gas and radiation fields. Since the _rst reliable detections of cosmic gamma rays in the 1970's, improvements in instrumentation have led gamma-ray astronomy to an established branch of modern Astrophysics, with a constant increase in the number of detected sources. But the 30-300 GeV energy range remained sparsely explored until the launch of the Fermi space telescope in June 2008. The ground-based gamma-ray telescope array HAGAR is the first array of atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes established at a so high altitude (4270 m a.s.l.), and was designed to reach a relatively low energy threshold with quite a low mirror area (31 m/sup2/). It is located at Hanle in India, in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas. Regular source observations have begun with the complete setup of 7 telescopes on Sept. 2008. We report and discuss our estimation of the systematics through dark region studies, and present preliminary results from gamma-ray sources in this paper.
Description: Open Access
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