Some contributions of MAGIC to the physics ofcosmic rays
1 Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) Zeuthen, Germany
2 Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma, Spain
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Cosmic ray interactions can be investigated indirectly in γ ray astronomy, with the observation of spectral and morphological features of certain classes of sources. MAGIC is a stereoscopic system of two γ ray telescopes, located at La Palma (Canaries), with access to the energy window between 50 GeV and 30 TeV. Sources of high relevance for the study of very high energy hadronic interactions are active galactic nuclei, as blazars and radio galaxies. MAGIC has detectedabout fifty such extragalactic objects; we will present some where theemission is explained with accelerated hadrons in interaction with ambient photons. We will also mention cosmic ray acceleration in galaxy clusters. Other than that, hadron-hadron interactions are supposed to take place in some supernova remnants in interaction with surrounding molecular clouds; we will show some results, in connection with cosmic rays of galactic origin. Finally, about other possible components, wewill mention the measurement of the diffuse electron and positron spectrum. Trustingly, the close connection between particle physics and astrophysics will contribute in future years to many new interesting observations.
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