Time-resolved hadronic particle acceleration in the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi

Aharonian F, Benkhali FA, Anguener EO, Ashkar H, Backes M, Baghmanyan V, Martins VB, Batzofin R, Becherini Y, Berge D, Bernloehr K, Bi B, Boettcher M, Boisson C, Bolmont J, De Lavergne MDB, Breuhaus M, Brose R, Brun F, Caroff S, Casanova S, Cerruti M, Chand T, Chen A, Cotter G, Mbarubucyeye JD, Djannati-Atai A, Dmytriiev A, Doroshenko , Duffy C, Egberts K, Ernenwein JP, Fegan S, Feijen K, Fiasson A, De Clairfontaine GF, Fontaine G, Fuessling M, Funk S, Gabici S, Gallant YA, Ghafourizadeh S, Giavitto G, Giunti L, Glawion D, Glicenstein JF, Grondin MH, Hermann G, Hinton JA, Hörbe M, Hofmann W, Hoischen C, Holch TL, Holler M, Horns D, Huang Z, Jamrozy M, Jankowsky F, Jung-Richardt I, Kasai E, Katarzyński K, Katz U, Khangulyan D, Khelifi B, Klepser S, Kluzniak W, Komin N, Konno R, Kosack K, Kostunin D, Le Stum S, Lemiere A, Lemoine-Goumard M, Lenain JP, Leuschner F, Lohse T, Luashvili A, Lypova I, Mackey J, Malyshev D, Marandon V, Marchegiani P, Marcowith A, Marx R, Maurin G, Meyer M, Mitchell A, Moderski R, Mohrmann L, Montanari A, Moulin E, Muller J, Murach T, Nakashima K, De Naurois M, Nayerhoda A, Niemiec J, Noel AP, O'Brien P, Ohm S, Olivera-Nieto L, Wilhelmi EDO, Ostrowski M, Panny S, Panter M, Parsons RD, Peron G, Pita S, Poireau V, Prokhorov DA, Prokoph H, Punch M, Quirrenbach A, Reichherzer P, Reimer A, Reimer O, Renaud M, Reville B, Rieger F, Rowell G, Rudak B, Ricarte HR, Ruiz-Velasco E, Sahakian V, Sailer S, Salzmann H, Sanchez DA, Santangelo A, Sasaki M, Schutte HM, Schwanke U, Senniappan M, Shapopi JNS, Simoni R, Sinha A, Sol H, Specovius A, Spencer ST, Stawarz L, Steinmassl S, Steppa C, Takahashi T, Tanaka T, Taylor AM, Terrier R, Thorpe-Morgan C, Tsirou M, Tsuji N, Tuffs R, Uchiyama Y, Unbehaun T, van Eldik C, Van Soelen B, Veh J, Venter C, Vink J, Wagner SJ, Werner F, White R, Wierzcholska A, Wong YW, Yusafzai A, Zacharias M, Zargaryan D, Zdziarski AA, Zech A, Zhu SJ, Zouari S, Żywucka N (2022)


Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2022

Journal

Book Volume: 376

Pages Range: 77-+

Journal Issue: 6588

DOI: 10.1126/science.abn0567

Abstract

Recurrent novae are repeating thermonuclear explosions in the outer layers of white dwarfs, due to the accretion of fresh material from a binary companion. The shock generated when ejected material slams into the companion star's wind can accelerate particles. We report very-high-energy [VHE: greater than or similar to 100 giga-electron volts] gamma rays from the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi, up to 1 month after its 2021 outburst, observed using the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.). The temporal profile of VHE emission is similar to that of lower-energy giga-electron volt emission, indicating a common origin, with a 2-day delay in peak flux. These observations constrain models of time-dependent particle energization, favoring a hadronic emission scenario over the leptonic alternative. Shocks in dense winds provide favorable environments for efficient acceleration of cosmic rays to very high energies.

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Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN / Instytut Fizyki Jądrowej im. Henryka Niewodniczańskiego PAN PL Poland (PL) Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg DE Germany (DE) Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik (MPIK) / Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics DE Germany (DE) University of Savoy Mont Blanc / Université Savoie Mont Blanc FR France (FR) Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY DE Germany (DE) University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) ZA South Africa (ZA) University of Paris 4 - Paris-Sorbonne / Université paris IV Paris-Sorbonne FR France (FR) University of Amsterdam NL Netherlands (NL) University of the Free State ZA South Africa (ZA) Jagiellonian University / Uniwersytet Jagielloński (UJ) PL Poland (PL) Institut national de physique nucléaire et de physique des particules (IN2P3) FR France (FR) École Polytechnique - Université Paris-Saclay FR France (FR) University of Adelaide AU Australia (AU) Noordwes-Universiteit / North-West University ZA South Africa (ZA) Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen DE Germany (DE) University of Leicester GB United Kingdom (GB) Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) IE Ireland (IE) Polska Akademia Nauk (PAN) / Polish Academy of Sciences PL Poland (PL) Riken Institute of Physical and Chemical Research / 理研 JP Japan (JP) University of Oxford GB United Kingdom (GB) University of Tokyo JP Japan (JP) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin DE Germany (DE) Yerevan Physics Institute (YerPhI) / Երևանի Ֆիզիկայի Ինստիտուտ AM Armenia (AM) Universität Hamburg (UHH) DE Germany (DE) University of Namibia (UNAM) NA Namibia (NA) Rikkyo University / 立教大学 JP Japan (JP) University of Montpellier / Université Montpellier FR France (FR) Aix-Marseille University / Aix-Marseille Université FR France (FR) Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck / University of Innsbruck AT Austria (AT) Universität Potsdam DE Germany (DE) Linnaeus University (LNU) / Linnéuniversitetet SE Sweden (SE) Konan University / 甲南大学 JP Japan (JP) Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) / Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu (UMK) PL Poland (PL)

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APA:

Aharonian, F., Benkhali, F.A., Anguener, E.O., Ashkar, H., Backes, M., Baghmanyan, V.,... Żywucka, N. (2022). Time-resolved hadronic particle acceleration in the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi. Science, 376(6588), 77-+. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abn0567

MLA:

Aharonian, F., et al. "Time-resolved hadronic particle acceleration in the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi." Science 376.6588 (2022): 77-+.

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