Recent results from VHE gamma astrophysics related to fundamental physics and cosmic rays
27 Jun 2011
1Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut), Föhringer Ring 6, München, Germany
2Università di Udine, Via delle Scienze 208, Udine, Italy
3INFN and INAF, Trieste, Italy
4LIP/IST, Lisboa, Portugal
Abstract. High-energy photons are a powerful probe for astrophysics and for fundamental physics under extreme conditions. During the recent years, our knowledge of the most violent phenomena in the universe has impressively progressed thanks to the advent of new detectors for very-high-energy (VHE) gamma rays (above 100 GeV). Ground-based detectors like the Cherenkov telescopes (H.E.S.S., MAGIC and VERITAS) recently discovered more than 80 new sources. This talk reviews the present status of VHE gamma astrophysics, with emphasis on the recent results and on the experimental developments, keeping an eye on the future. The impact on fundamental physics and on cosmic-ray physics is emphasized.