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AGN Forecasts for the Cherenkov Telescope Array

By T. Hassan, N. Mirabal and J. L. Contreras


The First Fermi-LAT catalog (1FGL) represents the most complete list of sources in the GeV sky to date. We use the reported 1FGL spectral parameters to extrapolate Fermi AGN spectra to the very-high energy (VHE) range (15 GeV - 300 TeV). The extrapolated VHE spectra are then attenuated using current estimations of the extragalactic background light (EBL) absorption as a function of redshift. Using the expected effective areas and background rates of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) from Monte Carlo simulations, we make a first order prediction of the AGN population accessible to CTA in the VHE sky. We find that CTA should easily triple the AGN detection rate of current ground-based Cherenkov telescopes. In addition, CTA will allow unprecedented access to high-redshift blazars out to z ~ 2, and hence will start to reveal the EBL shape with gamma-ray observations.Comment: 6 pages, 2 figures, to appear in the proceedings of "AGN Physics in the CTA Era

Topics: Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
Year: 2012
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