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Transient gamma-ray emission from Cygnus X-3

By Anabella T. Araudo, Valenti Bosch-Ramon and Gustavo E. Romero


The high-mass microquasar Cygnus X-3 has been recently detected in a flaring state by the gamma-ray satellites Fermi and Agile. In the present contribution, we study the high-energy emission from Cygnus X-3 through a model based on the interaction of clumps from the Wolf-Rayet wind with the jet. The clumps inside the jet act as obstacles in which shocks are formed leading to particle acceleration and non-thermal emission. We model the high energy emission produced by the interaction of one clump with the jet and briefly discus the possibility of many clumps interacting with the jet. From the characteristics of the considered scenario, the produced emission could be flare-like due to discontinuous clump penetration, with the GeV long-term activity explained by changes in the wind properties.Comment: Contribution to the proceedings of the 25th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics - TEXAS 2010, December 06-10, Heidelberg, German

Topics: Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
Year: 2011
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