We report on the search for 0.1-10 GeV emission from magnetars in 17 months of Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) observations. No significant evidence for gamma-ray emission from any of the currently known magnetars is found. The most stringent upper limits to date on their persistent emission in the Fermi energy range are estimated between similar to 10(-12) and 10(-10) erg s(-1) cm(-2), depending on the source. We also searched for gamma-ray pulsations and possible outbursts, also with no significant detection. The upper limits derived support the presence of a cutoff at an energy below a few MeV in the persistent emission of magnetars. They also show the likely need for a revision of current models of outer-gap emission from strongly magnetized pulsars, which, in some realizations, predict detectable GeV emission from magnetars at flux levels exceeding the upper limits identified here using the Fermi-LAT observations.
|Titolo:||Search for gamma-ray emission from magnetars with the Fermi large area telescope|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/2041-8205/725/1/L73|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|