We study the high latitude (vertical bar b vertical bar > 10 degrees) diffuse gamma-ray emission in the Galaxy in light of the recently published data from the Fermi collaboration at energies between 100MeV and 100GeV. The unprecedented accuracy in these measurements allows to probe and constrain the properties of sources and propagation of cosmic rays (CRs) in the Galaxy, as well as confirming conventional assumptions made on the interstellar medium (ISM). Using the publicly available DRAGON code, that has been shown to reproduce local measurements of CRs, we study assumptions made in the literature on atomic (HI) and molecular hydrogen (H2) gas distributions in the ISM, and non spatially uniform models of diffusion in the Galaxy. By performing a combined analysis of CR and gamma-ray spectra, we derive constraints on the properties of the ISM gas distribution and the vertical scale height of galactic CR diffusion, which may have implications also on indirect Dark Matter detection. We also discuss some of the possible interpretations of the break at high rigidity in CR protons and helium spectra, recently observed by P A M E L A and their impact on gamma-rays.
|Titolo:||Diffuse galactic gamma rays at intermediate and high latitudes. I. Constraints on the ISM properties|
|Autori:||Cholis I; Tavakoli M; Evoli C; Maccione L; Ullio P|
|Rivista:||JOURNAL OF COSMOLOGY AND ASTROPARTICLE PHYSICS|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/1475-7516/2012/05/004|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|