Journal article

The AGASA and sugar anisotropies and TeV gamma rays from the Galactic center: A possible signature of extremely high energy neutrons

RM Crocker, M Fatuzzo, JR Jokipii, F Melia, RR Volkas

ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

Recent analysis of data sets from two extensive air shower cosmic-ray detectors shows tantalizing evidence of an anisotropic overabundance of cosmic rays toward the Galactic center region that "rums on" around 10 18 eV. We demonstrate that the anisotropy could be due to neutrons created in the Galactic center region through charge exchange in proton-proton collisions, where the incident, high-energy protons obey a ∼E-2 power law associated with acceleration at a strong shock. We show that the normalization supplied by the gamma-ray signal from EGRET GC source 3EG J1746-2851 (ascribed to p-p-induced neutral pion decay at GeV energies), together with a very reasonable spectral index of 2.2, pr..

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