- Conference date: 26–28 June 2012
- Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Cosmic rays are thought to be accelerated at supernova remnant (SNR) shocks, but observation of the π0 bump that would confirm this expectation is hampered by weak γ-ray fluxes of SNRs, instrumental difficulties in observing lowenergy (≲ 100 MeV) emissions, background γrays made from cosmic-ray interactions with gas and dust in the vicinity of SNRs, leptonic γ rays, and γ-ray point sources. By contrast, cosmic-ray bombardment of nearby high-latitude gas located away from known molecular cloud complexes and with small ionized hydrogen column density along the line of sight provides a less confused emission region for study. The Large Area Telescope on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has measured a γ-ray spectrum of high-latitude gas that reveals a low-energy cutoff corresponding to a π0 → 2γfeature . A shock-accelerated particle flux ∝ p −s , where p is the particle momentum, follows from simple theoretical considerations of cosmic-ray acceleration at nonrelativistic shocks followed by rigidity-dependent escape into the Galactic halo. A flux of shock-accelerated cosmic-ray protons with s ≈ 2.8 provides an adequate fit to the Fermi-LAT gamma-ray emission spectrum of high-latitude gas when uncertainties in secondary nuclear production models are taken into acount. The cosmicray spectrum inferred from the γ-ray emissivity spectrum is in accord with the SNR hypothesis for the origin of the cosmic rays .
- Supernova remnants
- Cosmic gamma ray sources
- Cosmic rays
- Gamma rays
- Gamma ray telescopes
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