David Paneque (website)

My scientific interests relate to the understanding of the most extreme environments in the Universe, like pulsars, gamma-ray bursts and active galactic nuclei, as well as the indirect searches for the elusive dark matter that is needed to explain the Universe that we see today. For these studies, I use data from a large number of instruments that span from radio frequencies to the most energetic form of light, the very-high-energy gamma rays. Owing to the complexity in the above-mentioned systems, these studies greatly benefit from the usage of a multi-messenger approach, where the information obtained from the photons, is combined with gravitational waves, neutrinos, and high-energy cosmic rays that also arrive at Earth from these extraordinary cosmic particle accelerators.

 

My research interests also relate to the design, construction, and operation of instrumentation for astroparticle physics. I am a member of the teams that built and operate the LAT (Large Area Telescope) onboard the Fermi satellite, the MAGIC telescopes, a system of two imaging atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes of 17-meter diamater mirrors located on the island of La Palma (Spain), and the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), which is currently under construction, and it will be the next generation of ground-based instruments for very-high-energy gamma-ray astronomy.

Publications

My involvement with the MAGIC Telescope and the Fermi Satellite at the pre-commencement stage implied spending a large fraction of my research time on developing relevant hardware and/or software projects. This so-called service work often did not result in a scientific publication, but they were crucial for the scientific success of these instruments (see CV for a few examples).  Owing to my continuous technical contributions to these projects, I am co-author of most of the collaboration papers.  Moreover, I also initiated and led myself several of these scientific collaboration publications.  In total, I have more than 450 scientific publications, including 4 publications in Nature and 25 publications in Science, which provide me with a h-index of 109.  The full list of my publications can be found at this ADS link.

Here I list the 5 publications with the highest number of citations. They are sorted according to the number of citations (updated on August 2020). I note that, in four of them, the number of citations is larger than 1000, which shows that these publications had an outstandingly large impact in the community.

 

1) The Large Area Telescope on the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Mission

Fermi-LAT collaboration, 2009, ApJ, 697, 1071

More than 2450 citations

 

2) Multi-messenger Observations of a Binary Neutron Star Merger

LIGO and Virgo, Fermi, IceCube Collab. (and other groups), 2017, ApJL, 848,12  

More than 1450 citations

 

3) Fermi Large Area Telescope Third Source Catalog

Fermi-LAT collaboration, 2015, ApJS, 218, 23

More than 1200 citations

 

4) Fermi Large Area Telescope Second Source Catalog

Fermi-LAT collaboration, 2012, ApJS, 199, 31

More than 1150 citations

5) Measurement of the Cosmic Ray e++e- Spectrum from 20GeV to 1TeV with the Fermi Large Area Telescope

Fermi-LAT collaboration, 2009, Physical Review Letters, 102, 181101

More than 850 citations

The publications listed here relate to diverse scientific topics: three of them relate to black holes and blazars, one about a catalog of high-energy gamma-ray sources, and one about the possibility to discover new elementary particles using gamma-ray observations of blazars.  The number of citations is larger than 100 for all these publications, which demonstrates that they all had a large impact in the scientific community. 

It is worth mentioning that 4 out of the 5 scientific publications listed here were done within the MAGIC and/or Fermi-LAT collaborations. These papers have long author lists with names sorted alphabetically (as it is custom in high-energy particle physics), despite the fact that I am the lead author in all these publications. The publications are sorted chronologically.

 

The First Fermi-LAT Catalog of Sources Above 10 GeV
Fermi-LAT Collaboration (lead author: D. Paneque) 

2013, ApJS, 209, 34
Work related to my efforts to characterize the very-high-energy VHE gamma-ray sky, and particularly to increase the number of known extragalactic VHE sources.

 

Fermi Large Area Telescope Observations of Markarian 421: The Missing Piece of its Spectral Energy Distribution
Fermi and MAGIC Collaborations  (lead author: D. Paneque),

2011, ApJ, 736, 131
Work related to the extensive multifrequency campaigns that I started to organize in 2009. 

 

Insights Into the High-energy gamma-ray Emission of Markarian 501 from Extensive Multifrequency Observations in the Fermi Era
Fermi, MAGIC and VERITAS Collab. (lead author: D. Paneque),

2011, ApJ, 727, 129 
Work related to the extensive multifrequency campaigns that I started to organize in 2009. 

 

Hints of the existence of Axion-Like Particles from the gamma-ray spectra of cosmological sources
M. Sanchez-Conde, D. Paneque, E. Bloom, F. Prada, A. Dominguez, 

2009, Phys. Rev. D, 79, 123511
Work related to the studies performed on the feasibility to use VHE AGNs to detect (discover) Axion-Like-Particles (ALPs).

 

Variable Very High Energy gamma-ray emission from Markarian 501
MAGIC collaboration (lead author: D. Paneque),  

2007, ApJ, 669, 862 
Work related to the extensive study of some selected VHE AGNs.  This publication showed the large scientific  potential of observing the classical TeV blazars with the new generations of gamma-ray instruments, such as MAGIC.

The 5 scientific publications listed here were done within the MAGIC and/or Fermi-LAT collaborations. These papers have long author lists with names sorted alphabetically (as it is custom in high-energy particle physics), despite the fact that I am one of the two lead authors in all these publications. The publications are sorted chronologically.


Unraveling the Complex Behavior of Mrk 421 with Simultaneous X-Ray and VHE Observations during an Extreme Flaring Activity in 2013 April
MAGIC and Fermi-LAT collab. (lead authors: D. Paneque and A. Babic), 

2020, ApJS, 248, 29A
  
 

Study of the variable broadband emission of Markarian 501 during the most extreme Swift X-ray activity
MAGIC and Fermi-LAT collab. (lead authors: J. Becerra and D. Paneque),  

2020, A&A, 637, 86M

 

The extreme HBL behaviour of Mrk 501 during 2012
MAGIC, VERITAS and Fermi-LAT collab. (lead authors: G. Hughes and D. Paneque), 

2018, A&A, 620, A181

 

Multiband variability studies and novel broadband SED modeling of Mrk 501 in 2009
MAGIC, VERITAS and Fermi-LAT collab. (lead authors: D. Paneque and M. Doert (former PhD student)), 

2017, A&A, 603, A31

 

Multiwavelength Study of Quiescent States of Mrk 421 with Unprecedented Hard X-Ray Coverage Provided by NuSTAR in 2013
NuSTAR, MAGIC, VERITAS and Fermi-LAT collab. (lead authors: Mislav Balokovic (former PhD student) and D. Paneque), 

2016, ApJ, 819, 156

 

Seminars and/or presentations

Here you can find a list of presentations and/or seminars that I have given in the last 5 years. You can find the complete list of seminars/presenations in the PDF with my CV.

High-Energy Cosmic-Ray studies through multi-messenger observations of blazars 

Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Munich, Germany, February 12, 2020

New scientific challenges for CTA from the extreme character of our closest VHE blazars

Institute for Cosmic Ray Reserarch, The University of Tokyo, Japan, November 14, 2019

The MAGIC of Time & Multi-Messenger studies on the most Extreme Cosmic Sources

Institute for Cosmic Ray Reserarch, The University of Tokyo, Japan, November 8, 2019

Time & Multi-Messenger Astronomy of the most Extreme Cosmic Sources,

Max Planck Institut für Physik, Munich, Germany, December 18, 2017

The challenge of understanding AGNs through extensive multiwavelength observations 

Ninth Fermi international Symposium, Johannesburg, South Africa, April 2020 - Postponed to April 2021 because of Covid-19

The MAGIC of very-high-energy gamma-ray astronomy

XVI International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics (TAUP), Toyama, Japan, September 2019

The Extreme character of our closest VHE blazars, Mrk421 and Mrk501 

Extreme19, Padova, Italy, January 2019

Unravelling the complex behaviour of our closest very-high-energy gamma-ray blazars, Mrk421 and Mrk501 

Towards a global multi-wavelength network, Cochem, German, September 2018

The MAGIC Pieces in the Radio Galaxies Puzzle: Fast Flares from IC310 and NGC1275 

Astrophysics and MAGIC (A+M) conference, La Palma, Spain, 26-29 June 2018

Indirect dark matter searches with the MAGIC telescopes

TeV Particle Astrophysics Conference, Geneve, Switzerland, September 2016

Mrk421 and Mrk501 as high-energy physics laboratories to study the nature of blazars 

Blazars through Sharp Multi-Wavelength Eyes, Malaga, Spain, May 2016

The MAGIC Telescope System: Status and Scientific Higlights

XIV International Conference on Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics (TAUP), Torino, Italy, September 2015

Mrk421 and Mrk501 as high-energy physics laboratories to study the nature of blazars 

Relativistic Jets: Creation, Dynamics, and Internal Physics, Krakow, Poland, April 2015

The extreme character of our closest VHE blazars, Mrk421 and Mrk501

High Energy Phenomena in Relativistic Outflows VII (HEPRO VII), Barcelona, Spain, July 2019

Unravelling the complex behaviour of our closest very-high-energy gamma-ray blazars, Mrk421 and Mrk501 

TeV Particle Astrophysics Conference, Berlin, Germany, August 2018

Unravelling the complex behaviour of our closest very-high-energy gamma-ray blazars, Mrk421 and Mrk501 

Seventh International Fermi Symposium, Garching, Germany, October 2017

Mrk421 and Mrk501 as high-energy physics laboratories to study the nature of blazars 

TeV Particle Astrophysics Conference, Geneve, Switzerland, September 2016