Lightning black holes as unidentified TeV sources

Kouichi Hirotani*, Hung Yi Pu, Satoki Matsushita

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研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

2 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)

摘要

Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes have revealed more than 100 TeV sources along the galactic plane, around 45% of them remain unidentified. However, radio observations revealed that dense molecular clumps are associated with 67% of 18 unidentified TeV sources. In this paper, we propose that an electron–positron magnetospheric accelerator emits detectable TeV gamma-rays when a rapidly rotating black hole enters a gaseous cloud. Since the general-relativistic effect plays an essential role in this magnetospheric lepton accelerator scenario, the emissions take place in the direct vicinity of the event horizon, resulting in a point-like gamma-ray image. We demonstrate that their gamma-ray spectra have two peaks around 0.1 GeV and 0.1 TeV and that the accelerators become most luminous when the mass accretion rate becomes about 0.01% of the Eddington accretion rate. We compare the results with alternative scenarios such as the cosmic-ray hadron scenario, which predicts an extended morphology of the gamma-ray image with a single power-law photon spectrum from GeV to 100 TeV.

原文英語
文章編號50
期刊Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy
39
發行號4
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2018 八月 1
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 天文和天體物理學
  • 空間與行星科學

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