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TeVJ2032+4130 is a high energy celestial object that emits Very High Energy (VHE) gamma rays and is located in the star forming region of the Cygnus constellation. It was first detected by the High Energy Gamma Ray Astronomy (HEGRA) experiment. Later observations from the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS2014) were used to determine that the gamma-ray emission from the source could be coming from a Pulsar Wind Nebula (PWN) powered by a binary pulsar named PSR J2032+4127. For the PWN scenario, VERITAS predicted a cutoff in the gamma-ray spectrum above 10 TeV. Using ~33 hours of VERITAS data, this source was analyzed with the help of VERITAS’ internal software named Event Display. The data were put through a series of steps in Event Display using Python and Root coding to obtain the results. The Spectral Index was found to be2.1 ±0.25, which is fairly similar to that of other observatories, which confirms the conclusion that TeV J2032+4130 is a PWN. Further studies with additional data and particle modelling at the region will help us understand and clarify the nature of this source.


Physics, Photonics, and Optical Engineering

Thesis Comittee

Dr. Thomas P. Kling, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Jamie Kern, Committee Member
Dr. Martina Arndt, Committee Member

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