The H.E.S.S. experiment is an array of four imaging Cherenkov telescopes located in the Khomas Highlands of Namibia. It has been operating in its full configuration since December 2003 and detects very-high-energy (VHE) γ rays ranging from 100 GeV to ̃50 TeV. Since 2004, the continuous observation of the Galactic Plane by the H.E.S.S. array of telescopes has yielded the discovery of more than 50 sources, belonging to the classes of pulsar wind nebulae (PWN), supernova remnants (SNR), γ ray binaries and, more recently, a stellar cluster and molecular clouds in the vicinity of shell-type SNRs. Galactic emission seen by H.E.S.S. and its implications for particle acceleration in our Galaxy are discussed.
Advances in Space Research
- Pub Date:
- January 2013
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena;
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
- Proceedings of COSPAR 2010 conference. Accepted for publication in Advances in Space Research (special issue)