I review the present status of ground-based γ-ray astronomy, concentrating on the population of Galactic TeV sources. A number of new telescope systems are now being completed, and promise to yield exciting new discoveries, expanding rapidly the number of sources. The TeV Galactic sources today include a number of plerions, shell-type supernova remnants, an X-ray binary, and also one unidentified candidate. Their present status, and our understanding of their TeV γ-ray emission processes are summarized and some motivation driving development of the field is outlined.
Young Neutron Stars and Their Environments
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- 8 pages, 1 figure. To appear in "Young Neutron Stars and Their Environments" (IAU Symposium 218, Sydney Australia July 2003, ASP Conference Proceedings), eds F. Camilo and B. M. Gaensler. Some typos fixed in this version