In addition to dense regions of dark matter, such as galaxy clusters and dwarf galaxies, dark matter annihilation and decay are also expected to have a nearly isotropic distribution across the sky. This isotropic component is less model-dependent than the flux from isolated dark matter targets, and would produce galactic contributions to the Diffuse Gamma-Ray Background (DGRB). With its continuous monitoring of the gamma-ray sky from a few hundred GeV to several hundred TeV and its wide field-of-view, the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) observatory is well-suited to search for dark matter contributions in the DGRB. In this work, 535 days of HAWC data and Monte Carlo simulations were studied to set limits on annihilating or decaying diffuse dark matter at TeV energies. With this data, we consider both leptonic and hadronic dark matter channels and are able to constrain dark matter up to masses >100 TeV.
|Journal||Proceedings of Science|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Mar 2022|
|Event||37th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2021 - Virtual, Berlin, Germany|
Duration: 12 Jul 2021 → 23 Jul 2021
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