PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 395 - 37th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2021) - CRD - Cosmic Ray Direct
The low number of SNR pevatrons in the Galaxy
P. Cristofari*, P. Blasi and E. Amato
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Pre-published on: July 04, 2021
Published on: March 18, 2022
The search for pevatrons (objects capable of accelerating partilces up to 10$^{15}$ eV) has become one of the key targets of the high--energy gamma--ray community.
These objects are of crucial importance in the context of the origin of cosmic rays (CRs), since the sources of Galactic CRs are expected to
be able to accelerate particles up to PeV energies, at least at some stage of their evolution.
Currently, the
most widely accepted candidates for the origin of Galactic CRs are supernova remnants (SNRs),
and more precisely the shocks expanding in the interstellar medium (ISM) after stellar explosions. But surprisingly, all detected SNRs have been shown not to be pevatrons, making the situation somewhat bewildering. A special attention is currently being devoted to the search of a SNR pevatron, and we discuss the possibility that only very rare SNRs might be pevatrons, and thus, the probability of detecting one is remarkably reduced.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.395.0151
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