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

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Abstract

Gamma-ray line signatures can be expected in the very-high-energy (E γ>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 âŸ̈σvâŸ

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041301
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume110
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 22 2013

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