Is there a population of unidentified gamma-ray sources distributed along the super-galactic plane? [HEAP]

The distribution on the sky of unidentified sources at the highest energies where such a population is evident is investigated. For this purpose, sources without identification in the first Fermi-LAT catalog >10 GeV (1FHL) that are good candidates for detection above the 50-100 GeV regime are selected. The distributions of these objects around the Galactic and super-galactic plane are explored. By using a Kolmogorov-Smirnov test it is examined if these sources are distributed homogeneously around these planes. Surprisingly, an indication for an inhomogeneous distribution is found for the case of the super-galactic plane where a homogeneous distribution can be excluded by a confidence level of 95%. On a 90% confidence level also a homogeneous distribution of sources around the Galactic plane can be excluded. For the hypothesis that this reflects the true distribution of sources rather than a statistical fluctuation, implications for the underlying source populations are discussed.

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W. Domainko
Mon, 8 Dec 14

Comments: 5 pages, 5 figures