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Interpretations of the Fermi-LAT Galactic center excess

Presentation #425.03 in the session “Dark Matter & Dark Energy”.

Published onJan 11, 2021
Interpretations of the Fermi-LAT Galactic center excess

The excess of gamma rays in the data measured by the Fermi Large Area Telescope from the Galactic center region is one of the most intriguing mysteries in Astroparticle Physics. This Galactic center excess (GCE), has been measured with respect to different interstellar emission models, source catalogs, data selections and techniques. Although several proposed interpretations have appeared in the literature, there are not firm conclusions as to its origin. The main difficulty in solving this puzzle lies in modeling a region of such complexity and thus precisely measuring the characteristics of the GCE. In this presentation I will show the results obtained for the GCE by using 11 years of Fermi-LAT data, state of the art interstellar emission models, and the newest 4FGL source catalog to provide precise measurements of the energy spectrum, spatial morphology, position, and sphericity of the GCE. I will also present possible interpretations as dark matter particle interactions, cosmic rays produced from the Galactic center or pulsars located in the Galactic bulge.


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