Search for gamma-Ray Line Signals from Dark Matter Annihilations in the Inner Galactic Halo from 10 Years of Observations with HESS

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Author(s): Abdallah H, Abramowski A, Aharonian F, Benkhali FA, Anguner EO, Arakawa M, Arrieta M, Aubert P, Backes M, Balzer A, Barnard M, Becherini Y, Tjus JB, Berge D, Bernhard S, Bernloehr K, Blackwell R, Bottcher M, Boisson C, Bolmont J, Bonnefoy S, Bordas P, Bregeon J, Brun F, Brun P, Bryan M, Büchele M, Bulik T, Capasso M, Caroff S, Carosi A, Carr J, Casanova S, Cerruti M, Chakraborty N, Chaves RCG, Chen A, Chevalier J, Colafrancesco S, Condon B, Conrad J, Davids ID, Decock J, Deil C, Devin J, Dewilt P, Dirson L, Djannati-Atai A, Domainko W, Donath A, Drury LO, Dutson K, Dyks J, Edwards T, Egberts K, Eger P, Emery G, Ernenwein JP, Eschbach S, Farnier C, Fegan S, Fernandes M, Fiasson A, Fontaine G, Foerster A, Funk S, Fuessling M, Gabici S, Gallant YA, Garrigoux T, Gate F, Giavitto G, Giebels B, Glawion D, Glicenstein JF, Gottschall D, Grondin MH, Hahn J, Haupt M, Hawkes J, Heinzelmann G, Henri G, Hermann G, Hinton JA, Hofmann W, Hoischen C, Holch TL, Holler M, Horns D, Ivascenko A, Iwasaki H, Jacholkowska A, Jamrozy M, Janiak M, Jankowsky D, Jankowsky F, Jingo M, Jouvin L, Jung-Richardt I, Kastendieck MA, Katarzynski K, Katsuragawa M, Katz U, Kerszberg D, Khangulyan D, Khelifi B, King J, Klepser S, Klochkov D, Kluzniak W, Komin N, Kosack K, Krakau S, Kraus M, Krueger PP, Laffon H, Lamanna G, Lau J, Lees JP, Lefaucheur J, Lemiere A, Lemoine-Goumard M, Lenain JP, Leser E, Liu R, Lohse T, Lorentz M, Lopez-Coto R, Lypova , Malyshev D, Marandon , Marcowith A, Mariaud C, Marx R, Maurin G, Maxted N, Mayer M, Meintjes PJ, Meyer M, Mitchell AMW, Moderski R, Mohamed M, Mohrmann L, Mora K, Moulin E, Murach T, Nakashima S, De Naurois M, Ndiyavala H, Niederwanger F, Niemiec J, Oakes L, O'Brien P, Odaka H, Ohm S, Ostrowski M, Oya , Padovani M, Panter M, Parsons RD, Pekeur NW, Pelletier G, Perennes C, Petrucci PO, Peyaud B, Piel Q, Pita S, Poireau , Poon H, Prokhorov D, Prokoph H, Puelhofer G, Punch M, Quirrenbach A, Raab S, Rauth R, Reimer A, Reimer O, Renaud M, De Los Reyes R, Rieger F, Rinchiuso L, Romoli C, Rowell G, Rudak B, Rulten CB, Sahakian , Saito S, Sanchez DA, Santangelo A, Sasaki M, Schandri M, Schlickeiser R, Schussler F, Schulz A, Schwanke U, Schwemmer S, Seglar-Arroyo M, Settimo M, Seyffert AS, Shafi N, Shilon , Shiningayamwe K, Simoni R, Sol H, Spanier F, Spir-Jacob M, Stawarz L, Steenkamp R, Stegmann C, Steppa C, Sushch , Takahashi T, Tavernet JP, Tavernier T, Taylor AM, Terrier R, Tibaldo L, Tiziani D, Tluczykont M, Trichard C, Tsirou M, Tsuji N, Tuffs R, Uchiyama Y, Van Der Walt J, van Eldik C, Van Rensburg C, Van Soelen B, Vasileiadis G, Veh J, Venter C, Viana A, Vincent P, Vink J, Voisin F, Voelk HJ, Vuillaume T, Wadiasingh Z, Wagner SJ, Wagner P, Wagner RM, White R, Wierzcholska A, Willmann P, Wörnlein A, Wouters D, Yang R, Zaborov D, Zacharias M, Zanin R, Zdziarski AA, Zech A, Zefi F, Ziegler A, Zorn J, Zywucka N
Journal: Physical Review Letters
Publisher: AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 120
Journal issue: 20
ISSN: 0031-9007
eISSN: 1079-7114


Abstract

Spectral lines are among the most powerful signatures for dark matter (DM) annihilation searches in very-high-energy gamma rays. The central region of the Milky Way halo is one of the most promising targets given its large amount of DM and proximity to Earth. We report on a search for a monoenergetic spectral line from self-annihilations of DM particles in the energy range from 300 GeV to 70 TeV using a two-dimensional maximum likelihood method taking advantage of both the spectral and spatial features of the signal versus background. The analysis makes use of Galactic center observations accumulated over ten years (2004-2014) with the H.E.S.S. array of ground-based Cherenkov telescopes. No significant gamma-ray excess above the background is found. We derive upper limits on the annihilation cross section (sigma v) for monoenergetic DM lines at the level of 4 x 10(-28) cm(3) s(-1) at 1 TeV, assuming an Einasto DM profile for the Milky Way halo. For a DM mass of 1 TeV, they improve over the previous ones by a factor of 6. The present constraints are the strongest obtained so far for DM particles in the mass range 300 GeV-70 TeV. Ground-based gamma-ray observations have reached sufficient sensitivity to explore relevant velocity-averaged cross sections for DM annihilation into two gamma-ray photons at the level expected from the thermal relic density for TeV DM particles.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Büchele, Matthias
Lehrstuhl für Physik
Eschbach, Stefan
Lehrstuhl für Physik
Funk, Stefan Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Physik
Jankowsky, David
Lehrstuhl für Physik
Jung-Richardt, Ira PD Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Physik
Katz, Uli Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Astroteilchenphysik)
Mohrmann, Lars Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Physik
Raab, Susanne
Lehrstuhl für Physik
Sasaki, Manami Prof. Dr.
Professur für Multiwellenlängenastronomie
Schandri, Maximilian
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Teilchen- und Astroteilchenphysik)
Tiziani, Domenico
Professur für Experimentalphysik
van Eldik, Christopher Prof. Dr.
Professur für Experimentalphysik
Veh, Johannes Dr.
Professur für Experimentalphysik
Willmann, Philipp
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Astroteilchenphysik)
Wörnlein, André
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Astroteilchenphysik)
Ziegler, Alexander
Professur für Experimentalphysik


Additional Organisation
Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP)


How to cite

APA:
Abdallah, H., Abramowski, A., Aharonian, F., Benkhali, F.A., Anguner, E.O., Arakawa, M.,... Zywucka, N. (2018). Search for gamma-Ray Line Signals from Dark Matter Annihilations in the Inner Galactic Halo from 10 Years of Observations with HESS. Physical Review Letters, 120(20). https://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.201101

MLA:
Abdallah, H., et al. "Search for gamma-Ray Line Signals from Dark Matter Annihilations in the Inner Galactic Halo from 10 Years of Observations with HESS." Physical Review Letters 120.20 (2018).

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