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VERITAS Observations of The Galactic Center Ridge  [PDF]
Andrew W. Smith,for the VERITAS Collaboration
Physics , 2015,
Abstract: The Galactic Center Ridge has been observed extensively in the past by both GeV and TeV instruments revealing a wealth of structure, including both a diffuse component, the point sources G0.9+0.1 (a composite supernova remnant) and SgrA* (believed to be associated with the super massive black hole located at the center of our galaxy). Previous observations (> 300 GeV) with the H.E.S.S. array have also detected an extended TeV component along the Galactic plane due to either diffuse emission or a host of unresolved point sources. Here we report on the VERITAS observations of the Galactic Center Ridge from 2010-2014 in the energy range above 2 TeV. From these observations we 1.) Provide improved measurements of the differential energy spectra for SgrA* in the multi-TeV regime, 2.) Provide a detection in the >2 TeV band of the composite SNR G0.9+0.1 and an improvement of its multi-TeV energy spectrum. 3.) Report on the detection of an extended component of emission along the Galactic plane by VERITAS. 4.) Report on the detection of VER J1746-289, a localized enhancement of TeV emission along the Galactic plane.
TeV Observations of the Galactic Plane with HAWC and Joint Analysis of GeV Data from Fermi  [PDF]
Hao Zhou,C. Michelle Hui,Petra Huentemeyer,for the HAWC Collaboration
Physics , 2015,
Abstract: A number of Galactic sources emit GeV-TeV gamma rays that are produced through leptonic and/or hadronic mechanisms. Spectral analysis in this energy range is crucial in order to understand the emission mechanisms. The HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory, with a large field of view and location at $19^\circ$ N latitude, is surveying the Galactic Plane from high Galactic longitudes down to near the Galactic Center. Data taken with partially-constructed HAWC array in 2013-2014 exhibit TeV gamma-ray emission along the Galactic Plane. A high-level analysis likelihood framework for HAWC, also presented at this meeting, has been developed concurrently with the Multi-Mission Maximum Likelihood (3ML) architecture to deconvolve the Galactic sources and to perform multi-instrument analysis. It has been tested on early HAWC data and the same method will be applied on HAWC data with the full array. I will present preliminary results on Galactic sources from TeV observations with HAWC and from joint analysis on Fermi and HAWC data in GeV-TeV energy range.
VERITAS Observations of the Galactic Center Ridge  [PDF]
Andrew W. Smith for the VERITAS Collaboration
Physics , 2015,
Abstract: Due to its extraordinarily high concentration of known relativistic particle accelerators such as pulsar wind nebula, supernova remnants, dense molecular cloud regions, and the supermassive black hole (Sgr A*); the center of the Milky Way galaxy has long been an ideal target for high energy (HE, 0.1-100 GeV) and very high energy ( VHE, 50 GeV-50 TeV) gamma-ray emission. Indeed, detections of Sgr A* and other nearby regions of gamma-ray emission have been reported by EGRET and Fermi-LAT in the HE band, as well as CANGAROO, Whipple, HESS, VERITAS, and MAGIC in the VHE band. Here we report on the results of extended observations of the region with VERITAS between 2010-2014. Due to the visibility of the source for VERITAS in the Northern Hemisphere, these observations provide the most sensitive probe of gamma-ray emission above 2 TeV in one of the most complicated and interesting regions of our home galaxy.
Very-high energy observations of the Galactic center region by VERITAS in 2010-2012  [PDF]
The VERITAS Collaboration
Physics , 2014, DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/790/2/149
Abstract: The Galactic center is an interesting region for high-energy (0.1-100 GeV) and very-high-energy (E > 100 GeV) gamma-ray observations. Potential sources of GeV/TeV gamma-ray emission have been suggested, e.g., the accretion of matter onto the supermassive black hole, cosmic rays from a nearby supernova remnant (e.g. SgrA East), particle acceleration in a plerion, or the annihilation of dark matter particles. The Galactic center has been detected by EGRET and by Fermi/LAT in the MeV/GeV energy band. At TeV energies, the Galactic center was detected with moderate significance by the CANGAROO and Whipple 10 m telescopes and with high significance by H.E.S.S., MAGIC, and VERITAS. We present the results from three years of VERITAS observations conducted at large zenith angles resulting in a detection of the Galactic center on the level of 18 standard deviations at energies above ~2.5TeV. The energy spectrum is derived and is found to be compatible with hadronic, leptonic and hybrid emission models discussed in the literature. Future, more detailed measurements of the high-energy cutoff and better constraints on the high-energy flux variability will help to refine and/or disentangle the individual models.
Hybrid model of GeV-TeV gamma ray emission from Galactic Center  [PDF]
Yi-Qing Guo,Qiang Yuan,Cheng Liu,Ai-Feng Li
Physics , 2013, DOI: 10.1088/0954-3899/40/6/065201
Abstract: The observations of high energy $\gamma$-ray emission from the Galactic center (GC) by HESS, and recently by Fermi, suggest the cosmic ray acceleration in the GC and possibly around the supermassive black hole. In this work we propose a lepton-hadron hybrid model to explain simultaneously the GeV-TeV $\gamma$-ray emission. Both electrons and hadronic cosmic rays were accelerated during the past activity of the GC. Then these particles would diffuse outwards and interact with the interstellar gas and background radiation field. The collisions between hadronic cosmic rays with gas is responsible to the TeV $\gamma$-ray emission detected by HESS. With fast cooling in the strong radiation field, the electrons would cool down and radiate GeV photons through inverse Compton scattering off the soft background photons. This scenario provides a natural explanation of the observed GeV-TeV spectral shape of $\gamma$-rays.
VLBA Observations of Astrometric Reference Sources in the Galactic Center  [PDF]
Geoffrey C. Bower,Donald C. Backer,Richard A. Sramek
Physics , 2001, DOI: 10.1086/322441
Abstract: We report here on multi-frequency VLBA observations of three extragalactic sources within 1 degree of the Galactic Center. These sources have been used as astrometric reference sources for VLA and VLBA determinations of the proper motion of Sagittarius A*, the compact nonthermal radio source in the Galactic Center. Each source has a main component with a brightness temperature in excess of 10^{7.5} K, confirming that the sources are active galactic nuclei. The sources have simple structure that can be characterized by one or two Gaussian components. The frequency dependence of the structure indicates that the positions of Sgr A* determined by the VLA astrometry of Backer & Sramek (1999) at 4.8 and 8.4 GHz should have an offset of \sim 2 mas. This offset is in the same direction as the 5 mas shift measured by Backer & Sramek (1999). The structure is unlikely to bias the 43 GHz VLBA results of Reid et al (1999). Motions of components in the calibrator sources could lead to errors in the proper motion of Sgr A* on the order of a few km s^{-1}. All three sources show frequency dependent structure consistent with scattering which is significantly stronger than that of the Galactic scattering model of Taylor & Cordes (1993) but significantly weaker than that of the hyperstrong Galactic Center scattering. Combined with other observations, this suggests the existence of a new component of Galactic scattering located several kpc from the Galactic Center.
A Tale of Two Pulsars and the Origin of TeV Gamma Rays from the Galactic Center  [PDF]
Matthew D. Kistler
Physics , 2015,
Abstract: The Galactic Center (GC) has been long known to host gamma-ray emission detected to >10 TeV. HESS data now points to two plausible origins: the supermassive black hole (perhaps with >PeV cosmic rays and neutrinos) or high-energy electrons from the putative X-ray pulsar wind nebula G359.95-0.04. We show that if the magnetic field experienced by PWN electrons is near the several mG ambient field strength suggested by radio observations of the nearby GC magnetar SGR J1745-29, synchrotron losses constrain the TeV gamma-ray output to be far below the data. Accounting for the peculiar geometry of GC infrared emission, we also find that the requisite TeV flux could be reached if the PWN is ~1 pc from Sgr A* and the magnetic field is two orders of magnitude weaker, a scenario that we discuss in relation to recent data and theoretical developments. Otherwise, Sgr A* is left, which would then be a PeV link to other AGN.
ATCA observations of SiO masers in the Galactic center  [PDF]
Juan Li,Tao An,Zhi-Qiang Shen,Atsushi Miyazaki
Physics , 2010,
Abstract: We present the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) observations of the SiO masers in the Galactic center in transitions of v=1, J=2--1 at 86 GHz and v=1, J=1--0 at 43 GHz. Two 86-GHz SiO masers were detected within the central parsec, and they are associated with IRS 10EE and IRS 15NE, respectively. We detected eighteen 43-GHz SiO masers within a projected separation of <2 pc from Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), among which seven masers are newly discovered from our observations. This raises the total number of 43-GHz SiO masers within the central 4 parsecs of the GC region to 22. Simultaneous observations at 86 and 43 GHz showed that the intensity of 43-GHz SiO maser is ~3 times higher than that of 86-GHz maser in IRS 10EE (an OH/IR star), while the integrated flux of the SiO maser emission at 43 GHz is comparable with that at 86~GHz in IRS~15NE (an ordinary Mira variable). These results are consistent with previous observations of massive late-type stars in the Galaxy in which the 86-GHz SiO maser is in general weaker than the 43-GHz SiO maser in OH/IR stars, while the two transitions are comparably strong in Mira stars.
Observations of the Galactic Center Region with Beppo-Sax  [PDF]
L. Sidoli,S. Mereghetti
Physics , 1998,
Abstract: We are performing a survey of the Galactic Center region with the BeppoSAX satellite. Several known point sources are visible (including one at the position of SgrA*), as well as newly discovered sources and diffuse emission. Here we report the preliminary results of the on-going analysis of both the point sources and the diffuse X-ray emission.
Limits on Supersymmetric Dark Matter From EGRET Observations of the Galactic Center Region  [PDF]
Dan Hooper,Brenda Dingus
Physics , 2002, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.70.113007
Abstract: In most supersymmetic models, neutralino dark matter particles are predicted to accumulate in the Galactic center and annihilate generating, among other products, gamma rays. The EGRET experiment has made observations in this region, and is sensitive to gamma rays from 30 MeV to $\sim$30 GeV. We have used an improved point source analysis including an energy dependent point spread function and an unbinned maximum likelihood technique, which has allowed us to significantly lower the limits on gamma ray flux from the Galactic center. We find that the present EGRET data can limit many supersymmetric models if the density of the Galactic dark matter halo is cuspy or spiked toward the Galactic center. We also discuss the ability of GLAST to test these models.
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