VERITAS upper limit on the very high energy emission from the radio galaxy NGC 1275

V. A. Acciari, E. Aliu, T. Arlen, T. Aune, M. Bautista, M. Beilicke, W. Benbow, D. Boltuch, S. M. Bradbury, J. H. Buckley, V. Bugaev, K. Byrum, A. Cannon, O. Celik, A. Cesarini, L. Ciupik, P. Cogan, W. Cui, R. Dickherber, C. DukeS. J. Fegan, J. P. Finley, P. Fortin, L. Fortson, A. Furniss, N. Galante, D. Gall, K. Gibbs, G. H. Gillanders, S. Godambe, J. Grube, R. Guenette, G. Gyuk, D. Hanna, J. Holder, D. Horan, C. M. Hui, T. B. Humensky, A. Imran, P. Kaaret, N. Karlsson, M. Kertzman, D. Kieda, A. Konopelko, H. Krawczynski, F. Krennrich, M. J. Lang, S. Lebohec, G. Maier, A. McCann

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Abstract

The recent detection by the Fermi γ-ray space telescope of high-energy γ-rays from the radio galaxy NGC1275 makes the observation of the very high energy (VHE: E>100GeV) part of its broadband spectrum particularly interesting, especially for the understanding of active galactic nuclei with misaligned multi-structured jets. The radio galaxy NGC 1275 was recently observed by VERITAS at energies above 100GeV for about 8hr. No VHE γ-ray emission was detected by VERITAS from NGC 1275. A 99% confidence level upper limit of 2.1% of the Crab Nebula flux level is obtained at the decorrelation energy of approximately 340GeV, corresponding to 19% of the power-law extrapolation of the Fermi Large Area Telescope result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L275-L280
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume706
Issue number2 PART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Galaxies: Seyfert
  • Galaxies: individual (NGC 1275, 3C 84, Perseus A)
  • Gamma rays: observations

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