Antiproton signatures from astrophysical and dark matter sources at the galactic center



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Ruiz Cembranos, José Alberto and Gammaldi, Viviana and López Maroto, Antonio (2015) Antiproton signatures from astrophysical and dark matter sources at the galactic center. Journal of cosmology and astroparticle physics, 3 . ISSN 1475-7516

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The center of our Galaxy is a complex region characterized by extreme phenomena. The presence of the supermassive Sagittarius A* black hole, a high dark matter density and an even higher baryonic density are able to produce very energetic processes. Indeed, high energetic gamma-rays have been observed by different telescopes, although their origin is not clear. In this work, we estimate the possible antiproton flux component associated with this signal. The expected secondary astrophysical antiproton background already saturates the observed data. It implies that any other important astrophysical source leads to an inconsistent excess. We estimate the sensitivity of PAMELA to this new primary antiproton source, which depends on the diffusion model and its spectral features. In particular, we consider antiproton spectra described by a power-law, a monochromatic signal and a Standard Model particle-antiparticle channel production. This latter spectrum is typical in the production from annihilating or decaying dark matter. We pay particular attention to the case of a heavy dark matter candidate, which could be associated with the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) data observed from the J1745-290 source.

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© 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd and Sissa Medialab srl. This work has been supported by UCM predoctoral grant, MICINN (Spain) project numbers FIS 2008-01323, FIS2011-23000, FPA2011-27853-01, Consolider-Ingenio MULTIDARK CSD2009-00064, and the Department of Energy, Contract DE-AC02-76SF00515.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Gamma-ray source; Cosmic-rays; High-energy; Sagittarius-a; Model; Telescope; Emission; Galaxy; Halos; Simulations
Subjects:Sciences > Physics
ID Code:32921
Deposited On:27 Aug 2015 12:58
Last Modified:27 Aug 2015 12:58

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