Jul 5 – 10, 2021
Europe/Rome timezone

Giant cosmic ray halos around M31 and the Milky Way

Jul 6, 2021, 10:00 AM
30m
Invited talk in the parallel session The Nature of Galactic Halos The Nature of Galactic Halos

Speaker

Dr Sarah Recchia (University of Torino, INFN Torino)

Description

Recently, a diffuse emission of 1-100 GeV gamma-rays has been detected from the direction of M31, extending up to ~ 200 kpc from its center.
The interpretation of the extended gamma-ray emission by the escape of cosmic rays produced in the galactic disk or in the galactic center is problematic.
Here we argue that a cosmic ray origin (either leptonic or hadronic) of the gamma-ray emission is possible in the framework of non standard cosmic ray propagation scenarios or is caused by in situ particle acceleration in the galaxy's halo. Correspondingly, the halo is powered by the galaxy's nuclear activity or by the accretion of intergalactic gas.
If the formation of cosmic ray halos around galaxies is a common phenomenon, the interactions of cosmic ray protons and nuclei with the circumgalactic gas surrounding Milky Way could be responsible for the isotropic diffuse flux of neutrinos observed by Icecube.

Primary authors

Dr Sarah Recchia (University of Torino, INFN Torino) Dr Stefano Gabici (Université de Paris, CNRS, Astroparticule et Cosmologie) Prof. Felix Aharonian (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik) Dr Viviana Niro (Université de Paris, CNRS, Astroparticule et Cosmologie)

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