CCAPP Seminar: "Looking for new Physics with HAWC Observations of the Moon and the Sun" Mehr Un Nisa (Rochester)

July 27, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
PRB 4138
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The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory is a wide field-of-view array that is currently the only detector capable of making high-statistics measurements of cosmic rays and gamma rays at multi-TeV energies. I will talk about using data from HAWC to constrain two unique fluxes at the TeV scale: antiprotons in Galactic cosmic rays, and gamma rays from the quiescent Sun — both relevant for astrophysical searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. Cosmic rays in the inner solar system are subject to deflection by the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun, affecting the observed deficit or “shadow” of the Moon/Sun. Cosmic rays also interact with the Sun’s atmosphere to produce a steady emission of gamma rays up to at least 200 GeV, though the exact underlying mechanism remains a puzzle. We present the strongest upper limits on the p-bar/p ratio in TeV cosmic rays using the Moon shadow as a momentum/charge discriminant. We also discuss our search for excess gamma rays from the Sun above 1 TeV, and the resulting implications for models of dark matter capture and annihilation in the Sun.

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