Cosmic Rays in Star-Forming Environments pp 439-446
The High Altitude Water Čerenkov (HAWC) TeV Gamma Ray Observatory
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- de la Fuente E., Oceguera–Becerra T., García–Torales G., García–Luna J.L., The HAWC Collaboration (2013) The High Altitude Water Čerenkov (HAWC) TeV Gamma Ray Observatory. In: Torres D., Reimer O. (eds) Cosmic Rays in Star-Forming Environments. Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings, vol 34. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
The High Altitude Water Čerenkov observatory is a second generation ground based very high-energy γ-ray detector under construction in Sierra Negra, Puebla, México at an altitude of 4,100m. Higher altitude, improved design and a larger physical size used to reject cosmic ray background, make HAWC 10–20 times more sensitive than its predecessor Milagro. HAWC’s large field of view (∼2sr) and over 90% duty cycle make it ideal to search for several types of TeV astronomical γ-ray sources, diffuse emission, cosmic anisotropy, and transients. Details and status of HAWC at date, and a galactic star formation application are here presented.