In Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Volume 9, Issue 8, pp. 841-860 (2009).
astro-ph/0907.4052

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TeV GAMMA-RAY ASTRONOMY

Wei Cui


Department of Physics, Purdue University, 525 Northwestern Avenue, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
email:cui@purdue.edu


Abstract. The field of ground-based gamma ray astronomy has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years. As an increasing number of sources are detected at TeV energies, the field has matured and become a viable branch of modern astronomy. Lying at the uppermost end of the electromagnetic rainbow, TeV photons are always preciously few in number but carry essential information about the particle acceleration and radiative processes involved in extreme astronomical settings. Together with observations at longer wavelengths, TeV gamma-ray observations have drastically improved our view of the universe. In this review, we briefly describe recent progress in the field. We will conclude by providing a personal perspective on the future of the field, in particular, on the significant roles that China could play to advance this young but exciting field.


Keywords: gamma rays: observations


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
Experimental Principles
Development and Scientific Drivers

SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Origin of Cosmic TeV Gamma Rays
Impact on Cosmology
Impact on Cosmic Ray Physics

CONCLUDING REMARKS

FUTURE PERSPECTIVE

REFERENCES

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