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Constraining the Cosmic Background Light with four BL Lac TeV spectra.

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Costamante,  L.
Division Prof. Dr. Werner Hofmann, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Aharonian,  F.
Division Prof. Dr. Werner Hofmann, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Horns,  D.
Division Prof. Dr. Werner Hofmann, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Costamante, L., Aharonian, F., Horns, D., & Ghisellini, G. (2004). Constraining the Cosmic Background Light with four BL Lac TeV spectra. New Astronomy Reviews, 48(5-6), 469-472. Retrieved from http://de.arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0308025.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-8C46-F
Abstract
The intrinsic BL Lac spectra above few hundreds GeV can be very different from the observed ones due to the absorption effects by the diffuse Extragalactic Background Light (EBL), at present poorly known. With the recent results, there are now 4 sources with good spectral information: Mkn 421 (z=0.031), Mkn 501 (z=0.034), 1ES 1426+428 (z=0.129) and 1ES 1959+650 (z=0.047). Making simple assumptions on the shape of the intrinsic spectra (according to the present blazar knowledge), we have considered the effects of different EBL spectral energy distributions (SED) for the first time on all 4 objects together, deriving constraints for the EBL fluxes. These resulted significantly lower than many direct estimates.