IceCube Search for Galactic Neutrino Sources based on HAWC Observations of the Galactic Plane
2019 September 02
We present a search in IceCube data for neutrino emission from Galactic TeV gamma-ray sources detected by the HAWC gamma-ray observatory. HAWC serves as the excellent instrument to complement IceCube with its energy range extending to very high energies. Assuming that the highest energy photons originate from the decay of pions, rather than from accelerated leptons, the very high energy gamma-rays observed by HAWC are expected to be correlated with neutrinos. Using eight years of IceCube data, we report on two analyses that investigate a possible neutrino--gamma ray correlation. The first is a stacked analysis of identified HAWC point sources and the second is a template method which accounts for the full morphology of HAWC sources, including their measured extension.