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Future Pulsar Observations with H.E.S.S.

By A. Konopelko


Abstract. Since their discovery at radio wavelengths pulsars have been persistent targets for widespread multiwave observations throughout optics, radio, X-rays, and high-energy γ-rays. Observations with the EGRET γ-ray telescope, on board Compton GRO satellite, confirmed the expectation of a pulsed high-energy emission up to a few GeV. Presently, at least seven objects are known as well established high-energy γ-ray pulsars. A few of those emit γ-rays well above 1 GeV. Forthcoming ground-based Čerenkov telescopes will enable observations of γ-rays well below 100 GeV, finally reaching the yet unexplored energy gap at tens of GeV. H.E.S.S. (High Energy Stereoscopic System) is one of such instruments which is planned to be operational in 2004. Here I summarize the basic scientific motivations, the H.E.S.S. sensitivity, and the first targets for future pulsar observations at high energies from the ground. 1

Year: 2002
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