Evidence of a spectral break in the gamma-ray emission of the disk component of Large Magellanic Cloud: a hadronic origin? [HEAP]


It has been suggested that high-energy gamma-ray emission ($>100{\rm MeV}$) of nearby star-forming and starburst galaxies may be produced predominantly by cosmic rays colliding with the interstellar medium through neutral pion decay. Such pion-decay mechanism predicts a unique spectral signature in the gamma-ray spectrum, characterized by a fast rising spectrum (in $\nu F_\nu$ representation) and a spectral break below a few hundreds of MeV. We here report the evidence of a spectral break around 500~MeV in the disk emission of Large Magellanic Cloud, which is found in the analysis of the gamma-ray data extending down to 60 MeV observed by Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT). The break is well consistent with the pion-decay model for the gamma-ray emission, although leptonic models, such as the electron bremsstrahlung emission, cannot be ruled out completely.

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Q. Tang, F. Peng, R. Liu, et. al.
Wed, 8 Mar 17

Comments: 7 pages, 4 figures