Query : 2001A&A...371..771R

2001A&A...371..771R - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 371, 771-778 (2001/6-1)

New constraints on the cosmic mid-infrared background using TeV gamma-ray astronomy.


Abstract (from CDS):

Very high energy gamma-ray data obtained by CAT and HEGRA from the active galactic nucleus Mkn 501 are used to constrain the cosmic Mid-Infrared background. While the entire infrared and submillimeter spectrum shape based on models has been fixed and the density scaled as a whole in previous studies, recent measures on the low and high energy infrared background are extensively used in this paper. In this original approach the infrared distribution is only varied in the unexplored 3.5-100µm region. With a conservative hypothesis on the intrinsic spectrum of Mkn 501, an upper limit of 4.7nW/m2/sr between 5 and 15µm is derived, which is very close to the lower limit inferred from deep ISOCAM cosmological surveys at 15µm. This result is shown to be independent of the exact density of the λ<3.5µm and λ>100µm infrared distribution within the uncertainties of the measurements. Moreover, the study presented here rules out a complete extragalactic origin for the 60 micron tentative background detection as found by Finkbeiner et al. (2000ApJ...544...81F).

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Journal keyword(s): diffuse radiation - infrared: general - gamma-rays: observations - BL Lacertae objects: individual: Mkn 501

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Number of rows : 2
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2021
1 Mrk 421 BLL 11 04 27.3139210166 +38 12 31.798324828   13.50 12.90 8.31   ~ 2469 1
2 4C 39.49 BLL 16 53 52.21668494 +39 45 36.6089458 14.09 14.15 13.29 8.26   ~ 1987 2

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