The High Altitude Water Čerenkov (HAWC) TeV Gamma Ray Observatory

  • Eduardo de la Fuente
  • Tomas Oceguera–Becerra
  • Guillermo García–Torales
  • José Luis García–Luna
  • The HAWC Collaboration
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 34)

Abstract

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo de la Fuente
    • 1
  • Tomas Oceguera–Becerra
    • 2
  • Guillermo García–Torales
    • 3
  • José Luis García–Luna
    • 1
  • The HAWC Collaboration
  1. 1.Dpto. de FísicaCUCEI, Universidad de Guadalajara (U de G)Guadalajara, JaliscoMéxico
  2. 2.CUCEA, U de GZapopan, GuadalajaraMéxico
  3. 3.Dpto. de ElectrónicaCUCEI, U de GGuadalajaraMéxico

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