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Search for photon-linelike signatures from dark matter annihilations with H.E.S.S.

Abramowski, A. and Acero, F. and Aharonian, F. and Akhperjanian, A.G. and Anton, G. and Balenderan, S. and Balzer, A. and Barnacka, A. and Becherini, Y. and Becker Tjus, J. and Bernlöhr, K. and Birsin, E. and Biteau, J. and Bochow, A. and Boisson, C. and Bolmont, J. and Bordas, P. and Brucker, J. and Brun, F. and Brun, P. and Bulik, T. and Carrigan, S. and Casanova, S. and Cerruti, M. and Chadwick, P.M. and Chaves, R.C.G. and Cheesebrough, A. and Colafrancesco, S. and Cologna, G. and Conrad, J. and Couturier, C. and Dalton, M. and Daniel, M.K. and Davids, I.D. and Degrange, B. and Deil, C. and deWilt, P. and Dickinson, H.J. and Djannati-Ataï, A. and Domainko, W. and Drury, L.O'C. and Dubus, G. and Dutson, K. and Dyks, J. and Dyrda, M. and Egberts, K. and Eger, P. and Espigat, P. and Fallon, L. and Farnier, C. and Fegan, S. and Feinstein, F. and Fernandes, M.V. and Fernandez, D. and Fiasson, A. and Fontaine, G. and Förster, A. and Füßling, M. and Gajdus, M. and Gallant, Y.A. and Garrigoux, T. and Gast, H. and Giebels, B. and Glicenstein, J.F. and Glück, B. and Göring, D. and Grondin, M.-H. and Häffner, S. and Hague, J.D. and Hahn, J. and Hampf, D. and Harris, J. and Heinz, S. and Heinzelmann, G. and Henri, G. and Hermann, G. and Hillert, A. and Hinton, J.A. and Hofmann, W. and Hofverberg, P. and Holler, M. and Horns, D. and Jacholkowska, A. and Jahn, C. and Jamrozy, M. and Jung, I. and Kastendieck, M.A. and Katarzyński, K. and Katz, U. and Kaufmann, S. and Khélifi, B. and Klepser, S. and Klochkov, D. and Kluźniak, W. and Kneiske, T. and Komin, N. and Kosack, K. and Kossakowski, R. and Krayzel, F. and Krüger, P.P. and Laffon, H. and Lamanna, G. and Lefaucheur, J. and Lemoine-Goumard, M. and Lenain, J.-P. and Lennarz, D. and Lohse, T. and Lopatin, A. and Lu, C.-C. and Marandon, V. and Marcowith, A. and Masbou, J. and Maurin, G. and Maxted, N. and Mayer, M. and McComb, T.J.L. and Medina, M.C. and Méhault, J. and Menzler, U. and Moderski, R. and Mohamed, M. and Moulin, E. and Naumann, C.L. and Naumann-Godo, M. and de Naurois, M. and Nedbal, D. and Nekrassov, D. and Nguyen, N. and Niemiec, J. and Nolan, S.J. and Ohm, S. and de Oña Wilhelmi, E. and Opitz, B. and Ostrowski, M. and Oya, I. and Panter, M. and Parsons, R.D. and Paz Arribas, M. and Pekeur, N.W. and Pelletier, G. and Perez, J. and Petrucci, P.-O. and Peyaud, B. and Pita, S. and Pühlhofer, G. and Punch, M. and Quirrenbach, A. and Raue, M. and Reimer, A. and Reimer, O. and Renaud, M. and de los Reyes, R. and Rieger, F. and Ripken, J. and Rob, L. and Rosier-Lees, S. and Rowell, G. and Rudak, B. and Rulten, C.B. and Sahakian, V. and Sanchez, D.A. and Santangelo, A. and Schlickeiser, R. and Schulz, A. and Schwanke, U. and Schwarzburg, S. and Schwemmer, S. and Sheidaei, F. and Skilton, J.L. and Sol, H. and Spengler, G. and Stawarz, Ł. and Steenkamp, R. and Stegmann, C. and Stinzing, F. and Stycz, K. and Sushch, I. and Szostek, A. and Tavernet, J.-P. and Terrier, R. and Tluczykont, M. and Trichard, C. and Valerius, K. and van Eldik, C. and Vasileiadis, G. and Venter, C. and Viana, A. and Vincent, P. and Völk, H.J. and Volpe, F. and Vorobiov, S. and Vorster, M. and Wagner, S.J. and Ward, M. and White, R. and Wierzcholska, A. and Wouters, D. and Zacharias, M. and Zajczyk, A. and Zdziarski, A.A. and Zech, A. and Zechlin, H.-S. (2013) 'Search for photon-linelike signatures from dark matter annihilations with H.E.S.S.', Physical review letters., 110 (4). p. 41301.

Abstract

Gamma-ray line signatures can be expected in the very-high-energy (Eγ>100  GeV) domain due to self-annihilation or decay of dark matter (DM) particles in space. Such a signal would be readily distinguishable from astrophysical γ-ray sources that in most cases produce continuous spectra that span over several orders of magnitude in energy. Using data collected with the H.E.S.S. γ-ray instrument, upper limits on linelike emission are obtained in the energy range between ∼500  GeV and ∼25  TeV for the central part of the Milky Way halo and for extragalactic observations, complementing recent limits obtained with the Fermi-LAT instrument at lower energies. No statistically significant signal could be found. For monochromatic γ-ray line emission, flux limits of (2×10−7–2×10−5)  m−2 s−1 sr−1 and (1×10−8–2×10−6)  m−2 s−1 sr−1 are obtained for the central part of the Milky Way halo and extragalactic observations, respectively. For a DM particle mass of 1 TeV, limits on the velocity-averaged DM annihilation cross section ⟨σv⟩χχ→γγ reach ∼10−27  cm3 s−1, based on the Einasto parametrization of the Galactic DM halo density profile.

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Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.041301
Publisher statement:Reprinted with permission from the American Physical Society: Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 041301 © (2013) by the American Physical Society. Readers may view, browse, and/or download material for temporary copying purposes only, provided these uses are for noncommercial personal purposes. Except as provided by law, this material may not be further reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, adapted, performed, displayed, published, or sold in whole or part, without prior written permission from the American Physical Society.
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Date deposited:11 July 2014
Date of first online publication:January 2013
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