Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 497, 3142-3148 (2020/September-3)
Detection of very-high-energy gamma-ray transients with monitoring facilities.
LA MURA G., CHIARO G., CONCEICAO R., DE ANGELIS A., PIMENTA M. and TOME B.
Abstract (from CDS):
The observation of very-high-energy γ-rays (VHE γ-rays, E > 100 GeV) has ledto the identification of extremely energetic processes and particle-acceleration sites both within our Galaxy and beyond. It is expected that VHE facilities, such as the Cherenkov Telescope Array, will explore these sources with an unprecedented level of detail. However, the transient and unpredictable nature of many important processes means that their observation requires the development of proper monitoring strategies. In this study, we estimate the properties of VHE transients that can be effectively detected by monitoring facilities. We use data collected by the Fermi-LAT instrument during its monitoring campaign to select events that are probably associated with VHE emission. We use this sample to estimate the frequency, the luminosity and the time-scales of various transients, focusing on blazar flares and gamma-ray bursts. We discuss how the balance between the field of view, sensitivity and duty cycle of an observatory affects the likelihood of detecting transients that occur at the inferred rates, and we conclude by describing the contribution that current and near-future monitoring facilities can make to the identification and study of VHE transient emission.
© 2020 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
instrumentation: detectors - galaxies: active - gamma-rays: general - gamma-ray bursts
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