Constraining the Diffusion Coefficient with HAWC TeV Gamma-Ray Observations of Two Nearby Pulsar Wind Nebulae [HEAP]

Nearby electron/positron accelerators, mostly Pulsar Wind Nebulae (PWNe), have been proposed as potential origins of the positron excess above 10 GeV. The HAWC Observatory reveals two very extended sources spatially coincident with two nearby middle-aged pulsars: Geminga and PSR B0656+14, suggesting ultrarelativistic electrons/positrons accelerated in our backyard. Morphological studies on these two PWNe provide a constraint on the diffusion coefficient at HAWC energies. In this poster, we will present the model development and morphological studies on these PWNe, and the derived diffusion coefficient that best fits the data.

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H. Zhou, R. Lopez-Coto and HAWC. Collaboration-Francisco-Salesa-Greus-for-the
Wed, 13 Sep 17

Comments: Presented at the 35th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2017), Bexco, Busan, Korea. See arXiv:1708.02572 for all HAWC contributions