TeV Gamma Ray Astronomy

Cui, Wei
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The field of ground-based gamma ray astronomy has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years. As an increasing number of sources are detected at TeV energies, the field has matured and become a viable branch of modern astronomy. Lying at the uppermost end of the electromagnetic rainbow, TeV photons are always preciously few in number but carry essential information about the particle acceleration and radiative processes involved in extreme astronomical settings. Together with observations at longer wavelengths, TeV gamma-ray observations have drastically improved our view of the universe. In this review, we briefly describe recent progress in the field. We will conclude by providing a personal perspective on the future of the field, in particular, on the significant roles that China could play to advance this young but exciting field.
Comment: Invited review, published in Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics (see http://www.raa-journal.org/raa/index.php/raa/article/view/251)
Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena