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Extreme Particle Acceleration in Microquasar Jets and Pulsar Wind Nebulae with the MAGIC Telescopes

  • Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellatara, Spain

  • Presents an extensive overview of various gamma-ray detection techniques, focusing on imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes, and complete descriptions of the MAGIC telescopes

  • Provides a state-of-the-art overview of production mechanisms and sites for very-high-energy gamma rays inside microquasar jets and the absorption effects on these emissions

  • Includes a detailed discussion of the possible pulsar wind nebula (PWN) nature of unassociated TeV sources, and the relation between the surrounding photon field density and very-high-energy gamma-ray emissions from this type of system


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Introduction to the Non-thermal Universe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 3-16
    3. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 17-79
  3. Microquasars in the Very High-Energy Gamma-Ray Regime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 83-103
    3. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 105-131
    4. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 133-150
    5. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 151-159
  4. Pulsar Wind Nebulae in the Very High-Energy Gamma-Ray Regime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 163-172
    3. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 173-188
    4. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 189-201
  5. LST Camera

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 205-222
  6. Summary and Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Alba Fernández Barral
      Pages 225-226
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 227-247

About this book


This exhaustive work sheds new light on unsolved questions in gamma-ray astrophysics. It presents not only a complete introduction to the non-thermal Universe, but also a description of the Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov technique and the MAGIC telescopes. The Fermi-LAT satellite and the HAWC Observatory are also described, as results from both are included. The physics section of the book is divided into microquasars and pulsar wind nebulae (PWNe), and includes extended overviews of both.

In turn, the book discusses constraints on particle acceleration and gamma-ray production in microquasar jets, based on the analyses of MAGIC data on Cygnus X-1, Cygnus X-3 and V404 Cygni. Moreover, it presents the discovery of high-energy gamma-ray emissions from Cygnus X-1, using Fermi-LAT data. The book includes the first joint work between MAGIC, Fermi-LAT and HAWC, and discusses the hypothetical PWN nature of the targets in depth. It reports on a PWN population study that discusses, for the first time, the importance of the surrounding medium for gamma-ray production, and in closing presents technical work on the first Large-Size-Telescope (LST; CTA Collaboration), along with a complete description of the camera.


Gamma Rays Gamma-ray Astronomy Pulsar Wind Nebulae Microquasars and Binary Systems Gamma-ray Detection Techniques Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes Relativistic Jets Type Ia Supernovae Cherenkov Telescope Camera

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CTAO gGmbH (Headquarters)HeidelbergGermany

About the authors

After obtaining the Physics Degree in Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC), Dr. Alba Fernández Barral accomplished the master degree in Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology at the Università de Barcelona (UB). Afterwards, she joined the gamma-ray group in the Institute de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE), where she performed her PhD thesis within the MAGIC and CTA Collaborations. During this thesis period, she carried out several research sojourns in USA (at Michigan Technological University, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and University of Maryland, within Fermi-LAT and HAWC groups) and in Germany at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik. She successfully defended her thesis on October 2017 at IFAE.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Extreme Particle Acceleration in Microquasar Jets and Pulsar Wind Nebulae with the MAGIC Telescopes
  • Authors Alba Fernández Barral
  • Series Title Springer Theses
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Theses
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-97537-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07371-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-97538-2
  • Series ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series E-ISSN 2190-5061
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXVI, 247
  • Number of Illustrations 75 b/w illustrations, 59 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astrophysics and Astroparticles
    Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
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