TeV Gamma-ray Astronomy with the HAWC Observatory
Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences
Inaugurated in March 2015, the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory (HAWC) is a TeV gamma-ray detector built on the slope of the Sierra Negra volcano (4100 m a.s.l.) in Puebla, Mexico. The detector consists of 300 water Cherenkov detectors (WCDs) spread on a 22000 square meter area.
HAWC explores the TeV gamma-ray sky with a large field of view (two thirds of the sky every day) and high duty cycle (more than 90% uptime). HAWC unique capabilities make it possible to study of Galactic sources at high energies, diffuse and extended gamma-ray emission, transient emission from Active Galactic Nucleus (AGNs) and Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs). Multi-wavelength and multi-messenger observations are also among the HAWC scientific goals.
In this talk I will explain the details of the observatory, summarize the recent results from the collaboration, and discuss the future plans of the collaboration.
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6365/911 (Geminga observation)
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aa7556/meta (HAWC catalog)
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aa7555/meta (Crab observation and detector performance)
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