Presentation #118.05 in the session Large Surveys, Programs and Catalogs.
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory is a TeV gamma-ray experiment that has been fully operational since 2014. With a wide field-of-view (~2 sr) and a high duty cycle (> 95%), it is well-poised to perform unbiased surveys of the TeV gamma ray sky. Science results from the first eight years of operations have included the discovery of a new class of Galactic sources (TeV halos), the production of the first catalog of sources emitting above 100 TeV, the identification of PeVatron candidates, and the detection of several TeV gamma ray binaries. I will discuss highlights from HAWC’s Galactic science working group, with an emphasis on how these results can teach us about particle acceleration at the highest energies.