KIPAC Tea Talk: Yoshiuki Inoue (KIPAC)
Upper Limit on the Cosmological Gamma-ray Background
Jun 26, 2012
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
|Where||Campus, Varian Room 355|
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The extragalactic gamma-ray background (EGB) is measured up to 600 GeV by the Fermi gamma-ray satellite. We show that the current EGB measurement below 100 GeV sets an upper limit on EGB itself at very high energy (VHE) above 100 GeV. The limit is conservative for the electromagnetic cascade emission from VHE EGB interacting with the cosmic microwave-to-optical background radiation not to exceed the current EGB measurement. The cascade component fits the measured VHE EGB spectrum rather well. However, once we add the contribution from known source classes, the Fermi VHE EGB observation exceeds or even violates the limit. The upper limit above 100 GeV is useful in the future to probe the EGB origin and the new physics like axion-like particles and Lorentz-invariance violation.