PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 301 - 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2017) - Session Gamma-Ray Astronomy. GA-galactic
Measuring High-Energy Spectra with HAWC
S. Marinelli*, J.A. Goodman  on behalf of the HAWC Collaboration
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Pre-published on: August 16, 2017
Published on: August 03, 2018
The High-Altitude Water-Cherenkov (HAWC) experiment is a TeV $\gamma$-ray observatory located 4100 m above sea level on the Sierra Negra mountain in Puebla, Mexico. The detector consists of 300 water-filled tanks, each instrumented with 4 photomultiplier tubes that utilize the water-Cherenkov technique to detect atmospheric air showers produced by cosmic $\gamma$ rays. Construction of HAWC was completed in March of 2015. The experiment's wide instantaneous field of view (2 sr) and high duty cycle (> 95%) make it a powerful survey instrument sensitive to pulsars, supernova remnants, and other $\gamma$-ray sources. The mechanisms of particle acceleration at these sources can be studied by analyzing their high-energy spectra. To this end, we have developed an event-by-event energy-reconstruction algorithm using an artificial neural network to estimate energies of primary $\gamma$ rays at HAWC. We will present the details of this technique and its performance as well as the current progress toward using it to measure energy spectra of $\gamma$-ray sources.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.301.0714
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