The Fermi Gamma-Ray Haze from Dark Matter Annihilations and Anisotropic Diffusion

Дата и время публикации : 2011-02-24T21:00:03Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Gregory Dobler (KITP/UCSB)
Ilias Cholis (SISSA)
Neal Weiner (NYU/IAS)

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Коментарии к cтатье: 14 pages, 9 figures; submitted to ApJ
Первичная категория: astro-ph.HE

Все категории : astro-ph.HE, astro-ph.GA, hep-ph

Краткий обзор статьи: Recent full-sky maps of the Galaxy from the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope have revealed a diffuse component of emission towards the Galactic center and extending up to roughly +/-50 degrees in latitude. This Fermi "haze" is the inverse Compton emission generated by the same electrons which generate the microwave synchrotron haze at WMAP wavelengths. The gamma-ray haze has two distinct characteristics: the spectrum is significantly harder than emission elsewhere in the Galaxy and the morphology is elongated in latitude with respect to longitude with an axis ratio ~2. If these electrons are generated through annihilations of dark matter particles in the Galactic halo, this morphology is difficult to realize with a standard spherical halo and isotropic cosmic-ray diffusion. However, we show that anisotropic diffusion along ordered magnetic field lines towards the center of the Galaxy coupled with a prolate dark matter halo can easily yield the required morphology without making unrealistic assumptions about diffusion parameters. Furthermore, a Sommerfeld enhancement to the self annihilation cross-section of ~30 yields a good fit to the morphology, amplitude, and spectrum of both the gamma-ray and microwave haze. The model is also consistent with local cosmic-ray measurements as well as CMB constraints.

Category: Physics