- Determination of intergalactic magnetic fields from gamma ray data
- Astroparticle Physics
- Volume | Issue number
- 35 | 3
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- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
We report a measurement of intergalactic magnetic fields using combined data from Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes and Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, based on the spectral data alone. If blazars are assumed to produce both gamma rays and cosmic rays, the observed spectra are not sensitive to the intrinsic spectrum of the source, because, for a distant blazar, secondary photons produced along the line of sight dominate the signal. In this case, we set a limit 1 ~ 10^|17 G < B < 3 ~ 10^|14 G. If one excludes the cosmic-ray component, the 10^-17 G lower limit remains, but the upper limit depends on the spectral properties of the source. We present the allowed ranges for a variety of model parameters.
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