Constraints on the Emission of Gamma-Rays from M31 with HAWC

Constraints on the Emission of Gamma-Rays from M31 with HAWC

A. Albert, R. Alfaro, C. Alvarez, J. C. Arteaga-Velázquez, K. P. Arunbabu, D. Avila Rojas, H. A. Ayala Solares, E. Belmont-Moreno, S. Y. BenZvi, C. Brisbois, K. S. Caballero-Mora, T. Capistrán, A. Carramiñana, S. Casanova, U. Cotti, J. Cotzomi, S. Coutiño de León, E. De la Fuente, C. de León, S. Dichiara, B. L. Dingus, M. A. DuVernois, K. Engel, C. Espinoza, H. Fleischhack, N. Fraija, A. Galván-Gámez, D. García-Aguilar, J. A. García-González, F. Garfias, M. M. González, J. A. Goodman, J. P. Harding, S. Hernandez, B. Hona, D. Huang, F. Hueyotl-Zahuantitla, P. Hüntemeyer, A. Iriarte, A. Jardin-Blicq, V. Joshi, D. Kieda, W. H. Lee, H. León Vargas, A. L. Longinotti, G. Luis-Raya, K. Malone, S. S. Marinelli, O. Martinez, I. Martinez-Castellanos, J. Martínez-Castro, J. A. Matthews, P. Miranda-Romagnoli, J. A. Morales-Soto, E. Moreno, M. Mostafá, A. Nayerhoda, L. Nellen, M. Newbold, R. Noriega-Papaqui, A. Peisker, E. G. Pérez-Pérez, Z. Ren, C. D. Rho, D. Rosa-González, M. Rosenberg, R. Rubenzahl, H. Salazar, F. Salesa Greus, A. Sandoval, M. Schneider, G. Sinnis, A. J. Smith, R. W. Springer, P. Surajbali, E. Tabachnick, O. Tibolla, K. Tollefson, I. Torres, L. Villaseñor, J. Wood, T. Yapici, A. Zepeda, and H. Zhou

The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 893(April 2020), No. 1


Cosmic rays, along with stellar radiation and magnetic fields, are known to make up a significant fraction of the energy density of galaxies such as the Milky Way. When cosmic rays interact in the interstellar medium, they produce gamma-ray emission which provides an important indication of how the cosmic rays propagate. Gamma-rays from the Andromeda galaxy (M31), located 785 kpc away, provide a unique opportunity to study cosmic-ray acceleration and diffusion in a galaxy with a structure and evolution very similar to the Milky Way. Using 33 months of data from the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory, we search for teraelectronvolt gamma-rays from the galactic plane of M31. We also investigate past and present evidence of galactic activity in M31 by searching for Fermi bubble-like structures above and below the galactic nucleus. No significant gamma-ray emission is observed, so we use the null result to compute upper limits on the energy density of cosmic rays >10 TeV in M31.

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