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Search for Dark Matter Annihilations towards the Inner Galactic Halo from 10 Years of Observations with H.E.S.S.

Abdallah, H.; Abramowski, A.; Aharonian, F.; Ait Benkhali, F.; Akhperjanian, A.G.; Angüner, E.; Arrieta, M.; Aubert, P.; Backes, M.; Balzer, A.; et al.

Authors

H. Abdallah

A. Abramowski

F. Aharonian

F. Ait Benkhali

A.G. Akhperjanian

E. Angüner

M. Arrieta

P. Aubert

M. Backes

A. Balzer

et al.



Contributors

Abstract

The inner region of the Milky Way halo harbors a large amount of dark matter (DM). Given its proximity, it is one of the most promising targets to look for DM. We report on a search for the annihilations of DM particles using γ-ray observations towards the inner 300 pc of the Milky Way, with the H.E.S.S. array of ground-based Cherenkov telescopes. The analysis is based on a 2D maximum likelihood method using Galactic Center (GC) data accumulated by H.E.S.S. over the last 10 years (2004–2014), and does not show any significant γ-ray signal above background. Assuming Einasto and Navarro-Frenk-White DM density profiles at the GC, we derive upper limits on the annihilation cross section hσvi. These constraints are the strongest obtained so far in the TeV DM mass range and improve upon previous limits by a factor 5. For the Einasto profile, the constraints reach hσvi values of 6 × 10−26 cm3 s−1 in the WþW− channel for a DM particle mass of 1.5 TeV, and 2 × 10−26 cm3 s−1 in the τþτ− channel for a 1 TeV mass. For the first time, ground-based γ-ray observations have reached sufficient sensitivity to probe hσvi values expected from the thermal relic density for TeV DM particles.

Citation

Abdallah, H., Abramowski, A., Aharonian, F., Ait Benkhali, F., Akhperjanian, A., Angüner, E., …et al. (2016). Search for Dark Matter Annihilations towards the Inner Galactic Halo from 10 Years of Observations with H.E.S.S. Physical Review Letters, 117(11), Article 111301. https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.117.111301

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 24, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 8, 2016
Publication Date 2016-09
Deposit Date Nov 28, 2016
Journal Physical Review Letters
Print ISSN 0031-9007
Electronic ISSN 1079-7114
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 117
Issue 11
Article Number 111301
DOI https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.117.111301
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1392229
Related Public URLs http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016PhRvL.117k1301A