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Title: Antiproton constraints on the GeV gamma-ray excess: a comprehensive analysis

A GeV gamma-ray excess has possibly been individuated in Fermi-LAT data from the Galactic Center and interpreted in terms of Dark Matter (DM) annihilations, either in hadronic (essentially b b-bar ) or leptonic channels. In order to test this tantalizing interpretation, we address two issues: (i) we improve the computation of secondary emission from DM (Inverse Compton and Bremsstrahlung) with respect to previous works, confirming it to be very relevant for determining the DM spectrum in the leptonic channels, so that any conclusion on the DM nature of the signal critically depends on this contribution; (ii) we consider the constraints from antiprotons on the DM hadronic channel, finding that the uncertainties on the propagation model, and in particular on the halo height, play a major role. Moreover, we discuss the role of solar modulation, taking into account possible charge dependent effects whose importance is estimated exploiting detailed numerical tools. The limits that we obtain severely constrain the DM interpretation of the excess in the hadronic channel, for standard assumptions on the Galactic propagation parameters and solar modulation. However, they considerably relax if more conservative choices are adopted.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Institut de Physique Théorique, CNRS URA2306 and CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)
  2. SISSA, via Bonomea 265, 34136 Trieste (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22382053
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2014; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ANNIHILATION; ANTIPROTONS; BREMSSTRAHLUNG; GAMMA RADIATION; GEV RANGE; LIMITING VALUES; MODULATION; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; SECONDARY EMISSION; SIGNALS; SPECTRA