EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 283, 2023Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECR 2022)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Hadronic Interactions and BSM Physics|
|Published online||28 April 2023|
Diffuse flux of ultra-high energy photons from cosmic-ray interactions in the disk of the Galaxy and implications for the search for decaying super-heavy dark matter
1 Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
2 Laboratoire de Physique des 2 Infinis Irène Joliot-Curie, CNRS/IN2P3, Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France
3 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Physics and WIPAC, Madison, WI, U.S.A
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Published online: 28 April 2023
When propagating to Earth, UHECRs can interact with the gas in our Milky Way and produce secondary particles including photons. This can impact the search for UHE photons as we face a diffuse flux of UHE photons resulting from their propagation. This flux, together with the photon flux expected from the GZK interactions, participates in the diffuse photon flux which is limiting the detection of UHE-gamma sources. We present an estimate of the diffuse flux resulting from the interactions of UHECRs in our galaxy above 1017 eV, using results from the Pierre Auger Collaboration concerning the flux and its composition, and two different interstellar gas density models. We also discuss the impact of the evaluated diffuse flux of UHE photons on SHDM searches, as the former can be considered as a floor below which other signals would be overwhelmed. Similarly, the neutrino flux produced during the same process can be evaluated, by accounting for the neutrino mixing.
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