Galactic diffuse TeV gamma-ray emission is produced by the interaction of high-energy cosmic-ray particles with matter and radiation in our Galaxy. The measurement of Galactic diffuse TeV gamma-ray emission would provide strong constraints on the acceleration and propagation of Galactic cosmic rays. The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory, located in central Mexico at 4100 m above sea level, is sensitive to gamma rays between a few hundreds GeV and about 100 TeV. Thanks to its large field of view of 2 steradians and excellent background estimation, HAWC has a unique capability to observe large extended sources such as Galactic diffuse emission. We present the analysis strategy to detect the Galactic diffuse emission with HAWC, including techniques to remove contaminations from localized sources.
H. Zhou, C. Rho and HAWC. Collaboration-Giacomo-Vianello-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