Secondary radiation from the pamela/atic excess and relevance for fermi

E. Borriello, A. Cuoco, G. Miele

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The excess of electrons/positrons observed by the Pamela and ATIC experiments gives rise to a noticeable amount of synchrotron and inverse Compton scattering (ICS) radiation when the e + e - interact with the Galactic magnetic field, and the interstellar radiation field (ISRF). In particular, the ICS signal produced within the weakly interacting, massive particle annihilation interpretation of the Pamela/ATIC excess shows already some tension with the EGRET data. On the other hand, one year of Fermi data taking will be enough to rule out or confirm this scenario with a high confidence level. The ICS radiation produces a peculiar and clean "ICS Haze" feature, as well, which can be used to discriminate between the astrophysical and dark matter (DM) scenarios. This ICS signature is very prominent even several degrees away from the galactic center, and it is thus a very robust prediction with respect to the choice of the DM profile and the uncertainties in the ISRF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L59-L63
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART 2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cosmic rays
  • Dark matter
  • Galaxy: general
  • Gamma rays: observations
  • ISM: general
  • Radio continuum: ISM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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