A very high energy gamma-ray survey of unidentified EGRET sources
KeywordsPhysics, Astronomy and Astrophysics.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA survey of unidentified 100 MeV γ-ray sources is undertaken, with the Whipple 10m telescope, with the objective of detecting very high energy (>350 GeV) γ-ray emission. The survey consists of nineteen sets of observations of sources detected by the EGRET instrument on the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory between 1991 and 1995. Results for 21 EGRET sources are reported; in some cases two EGRET sources are close enough to be viewed in a single observation. For each EGRET source, candidate associations are listed and the implications of each candidate for VHE emission discussed. Finally, a study of the performance of a next-generation ground based instrument, VERITAS, using simulations is presented. The implications of the increased sensitivity of such an instrument for suture gamma-ray surveys is briefly discussed.
Degree ProgramGraduate College