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Phys Rev Lett. 2011 Apr 22;106(16):161301. Epub 2011 Apr 18.

Search for a dark matter annihilation signal from the galactic center halo with H.E.S.S.

Abramowski A, Acero F, Aharonian F, Akhperjanian AG, Anton G, Barnacka A, de Almeida UB, Bazer-Bachi AR, Becherini Y, Becker J, Behera B, Bernlöhr K, Bochow A, Boisson C, Bolmont J, Bordas P, Borrel V, Brucker J, Brun F, Brun P, Bulik T, Büsching I, Carrigan S, Casanova S, Cerruti M, Chadwick PM, Charbonnier A, Chaves RC, Cheesebrough A, Chounet LM, Clapson AC, Coignet G, Conrad J, Dalton M, Daniel MK, Davids ID, Degrange B, Deil C, Dickinson HJ, Djannati-Ataï A, Domainko W, Drury LO, Dubois F, Dubus G, Dyks J, Dyrda M, Egberts K, Eger P, Espigat P, Fallon L, Farnier C, Fegan S, Feinstein F, Fernandes MV, Fiasson A, Fontaine G, Förster A, Füssling M, Gallant YA, Gast H, Gérard L, Gerbig D, Giebels B, Glicenstein JF, Glück B, Goret P, Göring D, Hague JD, Hampf D, Hauser M, Heinz S, Heinzelmann G, Henri G, Hermann G, Hinton JA, Hoffmann A, Hofmann W, Hofverberg P, Horns D, Jacholkowska A, de Jager OC, Jahn C, Jamrozy M, Jung I, Kastendieck MA, Katarzyński K, Katz U, Kaufmann S, Keogh D, Kerschhaggl M, Khangulyan D, Khélifi B, Klochkov D, Kluźniak W, Kneiske T, Komin N, Kosack K, Kossakowski R, Laffon H, Lamanna G, Lennarz D, Lohse T, Lopatin A, Lu CC, Marandon V, Marcowith A, Masbou J, Maurin D, Maxted N, McComb TJ, Medina MC, Méhault J, Moderski R, Moulin E, Naumann CL, Naumann-Godo M, de Naurois M, Nedbal D, Nekrassov D, Nguyen N, Nicholas B, Niemiec J, Nolan SJ, Ohm S, Olive JF, Wilhelmi Ede O, Opitz B, Ostrowski M, Panter M, Arribas MP, Pedaletti G, Pelletier G, Petrucci PO, Pita S, Pühlhofer G, Punch M, Quirrenbach A, Raue M, Rayner SM, Reimer A, Reimer O, Renaud M, de los Reyes R, Rieger F, Ripken J, Rob L, Rosier-Lees S, Rowell G, Rudak B, Rulten CB, Ruppel J, Ryde F, Sahakian V, Santangelo A, Schlickeiser R, Schöck FM, Schönwald A, Schwanke U, Schwarzburg S, Schwemmer S, Shalchi A, Sikora M, Skilton JL, Sol H, Spengler G, Stawarz Ł, Steenkamp R, Stegmann C, Stinzing F, Sushch I, Szostek A, Tavernet JP, Terrier R, Tibolla O, Tluczykont M, Valerius K, van Eldik C, Vasileiadis G, Venter C, Vialle JP, Viana A, Vincent P, Vivier M, Völk HJ, Volpe F, Vorobiov S, Vorster M, Wagner SJ, Ward M, Wierzcholska A, Zajczyk A, Zdziarski AA, Zech A, Zechlin HS; H.E.S.S. Collaboration.

Abstract

A search for a very-high-energy (VHE; ≥100  GeV) γ-ray signal from self-annihilating particle dark matter (DM) is performed towards a region of projected distance r∼45-150  pc from the Galactic center. The background-subtracted γ-ray spectrum measured with the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) γ-ray instrument in the energy range between 300 GeV and 30 TeV shows no hint of a residual γ-ray flux. Assuming conventional Navarro-Frenk-White and Einasto density profiles, limits are derived on the velocity-weighted annihilation cross section (σv) as a function of the DM particle mass. These are among the best reported so far for this energy range and in particular differ only little between the chosen density profile parametrizations. In particular, for the DM particle mass of ∼1  TeV, values for (σv) above 3×10(-25)  cm(3) s(-1) are excluded for the Einasto density profile.

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