Probing Galactic Diffuse TeV Gamma-Ray Emission with the HAWC Observatory
H. Zhou*, C. Dong Rho, G. Vianello on behalf of the HAWC Collaboration
August 16, 2017
August 03, 2018
Galactic diffuse TeV gamma-ray emission is produced by the interaction of high-energy cosmic- ray particles with matter and radiation in our Galaxy. The measurement of Galactic diffuse TeV gamma-ray emission would provide strong constraints on the acceleration and propagation of Galactic cosmic rays. The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory, located in central Mexico at 4100 m above sea level, is sensitive to gamma rays between a few hundreds GeV and ~100 TeV. Thanks to its large field of view of 2 steradians and excellent background estimation, HAWC has a unique capability to observe large extended sources such as Galactic diffuse emission. We present the analysis strategy to detect the Galactic diffuse emission with HAWC, including techniques to remove contaminations from localized sources.
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