Particle acceleration in clusters of galaxies is expected to take place at both merger and accretion shocks. The electron component may be energized to energies of several TeV, and upscatter a small fraction of the photons in the cosmic microwave background up to gamma ray energies. We address here the issue of the detectability of the gamma radiation generated either in merger events or during the accretion of matter onto cluster potential wells. The predictions are specialized to the cases of GLAST and AGILE, for which a few tens of clusters are expected to be detected, and to Cherenkov telescopes, for which however the perspectives do not appear to be optimistic. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

On the detectability of gamma rays from clusters of galaxies: mergers versus secondary infall

Blasi P
2004

Abstract

Particle acceleration in clusters of galaxies is expected to take place at both merger and accretion shocks. The electron component may be energized to energies of several TeV, and upscatter a small fraction of the photons in the cosmic microwave background up to gamma ray energies. We address here the issue of the detectability of the gamma radiation generated either in merger events or during the accretion of matter onto cluster potential wells. The predictions are specialized to the cases of GLAST and AGILE, for which a few tens of clusters are expected to be detected, and to Cherenkov telescopes, for which however the perspectives do not appear to be optimistic. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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