12-20 July 2017
Asia/Seoul timezone
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[GA208] Constraining Lorentz invariance violations using the Crab pulsar TeV emission


  • Markus GAUG

Primary authors



Fast variations of gamma-ray flux from Active Galactic Nuclei and Gamma-Ray Bursts can constrain Lorentz Invariance Violation (LIV) because of the delayed (or advanced) arrival of photons with higher energies: this approach has lead to the current world-best limits on the energy scale of Quantum Gravity. Here we report on constraints on LIV studying the gamma-ray emission up to TeV energies from the Galactic Crab pulsar, recently discovered by the MAGIC collaboration. A likelihood analysis of the pulsar events reconstructed for energies above 400 GeV finds no significant delays, or advancements, and 95% CL limits are then obtained on the effective LIV energy scale after taking into account systematic uncertainties. Only a factor of about two less constraining than the current world-best limit on a quadratic LIV scenario, pulsars are now well established as a third and independent class of astrophysical objects suitable to constrain the characteristic energy scale of LIV.