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Measuring the $e^+e^-$ Flux above 1 TeV with HAWC

Aug 1, 2015, 3:30 PM
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Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
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Poster contribution CR-EX Poster 2 CR


Zigfried Hampel-Arias (UW Madison)


The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory records the air showers produced by cosmic rays and gamma rays at a rate of about 15 kHz. While the events observed by HAWC are 99.9% hadronic cosmic rays, this background can be strongly suppressed using topological cuts that preferentially select electromagnetic air showers. Using this capability of HAWC, we can create a sample of air showers dominated by gamma rays and cosmic electrons and positrons. HAWC is one of the few operating observatories capable of measuring showers produced by e- and e+ primaries above 1 TeV, and can record these showers from 2/3 of the sky each day. We describe the sensitivity of HAWC to leptonic cosmic rays, and discuss prospects for the measurement of the e+e- flux and possible approaches for e+ and e- charge separation with the HAWC detector.
Collaboration HAWC
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 721

Primary authors

Mehr Un Nisa (University of Rochester) Segev BenZvi (University of Rochester) Zigfried Hampel-Arias (UW Madison)

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