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Title: The search for TeV-scale dark matter with the HAWC observatory

The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) observatory is a wide field-of-view detector sensitive to 100 GeV - 100 TeV gamma rays and cosmic rays. Located at an elevation of 4100 m on the Sierra Negra mountain in Mexico, HAWC observes extensive air showers from gamma and cosmic rays with an array of water tanks which produce Cherenkov light in the presence of air showers. With a field-of-view capable of observing 2/3 of the sky each day, and a sensitivity of 1 Crab/day, HAWC will be able to map out the sky in gamma and cosmic rays in detail. In this paper, we discuss the capabilities of HAWC to map out the directions and spectra of TeV gamma rays and cosmic rays coming from sources of dark matter annihilation. We discuss the HAWC sensitivity to multiple extended sources of dark matter annihilation and the possibility of HAWC observations of annihilations in nearby dark matter subhalos.
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Physics Procedia
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 61; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1875-3892
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; dark matter; gamma rays; astrophysics; cosmic rays; anisotropy