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Title:THE HIGH-ENERGY, ARCMINUTE-SCALE GALACTIC CENTER GAMMA-RAY SOURCE
Authors:Chernyakova, M.; Malyshev, D.; Aharonian, F. A.; Crocker, R. M., Jones, D. I., 2010
Abstract: Employing data collected during the first 25 months of observations by the Fermi-LAT, we describe and subsequently seek to model the very high energy (>300 MeV) emission from the central few parsecs of our Galaxy. We analyze the morphological, spectral, and temporal characteristics of the central source, 1FGL J1745.6–2900. The data show a clear, statistically significant signal at energies above 10 GeV, where the Fermi-LAT has angular resolution comparable to that of HESS at TeV energies. This makes a meaningful joint analysis of the data possible. Our analysis of the Fermi data (alone) does not uncover any statistically significant variability of 1FGL J1745.6–2900 at GeV energies on the month timescale. Using the combination of Fermi data on 1FGL J1745.6–2900 and HESS data on the coincident, TeV source HESS J1745–290, we show that the spectrum of the central gamma-ray source is inflected with a relatively steep spectral region matching between the flatter spectrum found at both low and high energies. We model the gamma-ray production in the inner 10 pc of the Galaxy and examine cosmic ray (CR) proton propagation scenarios that reproduce the observed spectrum of the central source. We show that a model that instantiates a transition from diffusive propagation of the CR protons at low energy to almost rectilinear propagation at high energies can explain well the spectral phenomenology. We find considerable degeneracy between different parameter choices which will only be broken with the addition of morphological information that gamma-ray telescopes cannot deliver given current angular resolution limits. We argue that a future analysis performed in combination with higher-resolution radio continuum data holds out the promise of breaking this degeneracy.
ICHEC Project:FERMI Data Analysis
Publication:The Astrophysical Journal, 726, 60, (2011)
URL: http://iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X/726/2/60/
Keywords: cosmic rays; diffusion; Galaxy: center; gamma rays: general
Status: Published

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