12-20 July 2017
Asia/Seoul timezone
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BEXCO - Room F(201/202/203/204)

[GA016] Diffuse gamma-ray emission near the young massive clusters


  • Ruizhi YANG

Primary authors



We report the detailed analysis of Fermi Large Area Telescope’s data towards the direction of the young massive star cluster NGC 3603 and Westerlund 2. The emissions show a hard spectrum with a photon index of about -2 from 1 GeV to 250 GeV. The spatial correlation with the ionised gas indicates a hadronic origin. The total cosmic ray (CR) protons energy budgets in both systems are estimated to be of the order of 10^50 erg assuming the gamma-rays are produced in the interaction of CRs with ambient gas. The environments and spectral features show significant similarity with the GeV emission seen from the Cygnus cocoon. The emissions can be produced by a pulsar wind nebular or by the super bubble associated with the young star clusters. In the latter case, it further establishes that young star clusters may be a gamma-ray source population and that they can potentially accelerate a significant fraction of the Galactic cosmic rays.