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Two-zone Diffusion of Electrons and Positrons from Geminga Explains the Positron Anomaly
Fang, Kun1,2; Bi, Xiao-Jun1,2; Yin, Peng-Fei1; Yuan, Qiang3,4
2018-08-10
Source PublicationASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL
ISSN0004-637X
Volume863Issue:1Pages:6
Abstract

The recent HAWC observations of a very-high-energy 7-ray halo around Geminga and Monogem indicate a very slow diffusion of cosmic rays that results in a tiny contribution of positrons from these two pulsars to the local flux. This makes the cosmic positron excess anomaly observed by PAMELA and AMS-02 even more puzzling. However, from the boron-to-carbon ratio data one can infer that the average diffusion coefficient in the Galaxy should be much larger. In this work we propose a two-zone diffusion model in which the diffusion is slow only in a small region around the source, outside of which the propagation is as fast as usual. We find that this scenario can naturally explain the positron excess data with parameters even more reasonable than those in the conventional one-zone diffusion model. The reason is that during the lifetime of Geminga (similar to 300 kyr), the electrons/positrons have propagated too far away with a fast diffusion and led to a low local flux. The slow-diffusion region in the two-zone model helps to confine the electrons/positrons for a long time and lead to an enhancement of the local flux. So under the constraint of the HAWC observations, pulsars are still the probable origin of the cosmic-ray positron excess.

Keywordcosmic rays ISM: individual objects (Geminga nebula) pulsars: individual (Geminga)
DOI10.3847/1538-4357/aad092
WOS KeywordGAMMA-RAY SOURCES ; GALACTIC PLANE ; COSMIC-RAYS ; PROPAGATION ; MILAGRO ; EARTH ; FLUX
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS SubjectAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS IDWOS:000441197400004
PublisherIOP PUBLISHING LTD
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://libir.pmo.ac.cn/handle/332002/21606
Collection中国科学院紫金山天文台
Corresponding AuthorFang, Kun
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst High Energy Phys, Key Lab Particle Astrophys, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Sch Phys, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Purple Mt Observ, Key Lab Dark Matter & Space Astron, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
4.Univ Sci & Technol China, Sch Astron & Space Sci, Hefei 230026, Anhui, Peoples R China
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Fang, Kun,Bi, Xiao-Jun,Yin, Peng-Fei,et al. Two-zone Diffusion of Electrons and Positrons from Geminga Explains the Positron Anomaly[J]. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL,2018,863(1):6.
APA Fang, Kun,Bi, Xiao-Jun,Yin, Peng-Fei,&Yuan, Qiang.(2018).Two-zone Diffusion of Electrons and Positrons from Geminga Explains the Positron Anomaly.ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL,863(1),6.
MLA Fang, Kun,et al."Two-zone Diffusion of Electrons and Positrons from Geminga Explains the Positron Anomaly".ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL 863.1(2018):6.
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