Limits on MeV emission from active galaxies measured with COMPTEL

Stacy, J. G.; Kappadath, S. C.; Collmar, W.; Schoenfelder, V.; Steinle, H.; Strong, A.; Bloemen, H.; Hermsen, W.; Ryan, J. M.; Williams, O. R.
April 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 510 Issue 1, p392
Academic Journal
We describe our program to provide cumulative flux limits in the COMPTEL energy range for a large sample of high-energy active galactic nuclei (AGN) of general interest. The First COMPTEL Source Catalogue [1,2] will contain cumulative two-sigma upper limits to the time-averaged MeV-emission measured with COMPTEL for 142 AGN and other unidentified gamma-ray sources detected at high Galactic latitudes (|b|>10°). These limits were derived using composite COMPTEL all-sky maximum-likelihood maps for the 4.5-year period covering Phases 1 through 4 of the CGRO mission (1991–1995). The composite all-sky maps were produced from standard-processing COMPTEL datasets for individual CGRO viewing periods, in four standard energy bins spanning the sensitive range of COMPTEL (0.75–1, 1–3, 3–10, and 10–30 MeV). From these maps we have extracted statistical likelihoods, significances of potential source detections, and associated fluxes, errors, or upper limits, for an extensive list of target objects. In the choice of candidate objects, emphasis was placed on known or suspected gamma-ray sources, particularly those detected in neighboring energy bands to COMPTEL by the CGRO/EGRET and OSSE instruments. These limits will be used to assess the possible contribution of AGN to the diffuse gamma-ray background measured with COMPTEL in the MeV regime. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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