The high altitudewater Čerenkov (HAWC) TeV gamma ray observatory

for the HAWC Collaboration

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The High Altitude Water Čerenkov observatory is a second generation ground based very high-energy γ-ray detector under construction in Sierra Negra, Puebla, México at an altitude of 4,100m. Higher altitude, improved design and a larger physical size used to reject cosmic ray background, make HAWC 10–20 times more sensitive than its predecessorMilagro. HAWC’s large field of view (~2 sr) and over 90% duty cycle make it ideal to search for several types of TeV astronomical γ-ray sources, diffuse emission, cosmic anisotropy, and transients. Details and status of HAWC at date, and a galactic star formation application are here presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCosmic Rays in Star-Forming Environments - Proceedings of the 2nd Session of the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics
EditorsOlaf Reimer, Diego F. Torres
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783642354090
StatePublished - 2013
Event2nd Workshop on cosmic-ray induced phenomenology in star-forming environments, 2012 - Catalonia, Spain
Duration: Apr 16 2012Apr 19 2012

Publication series

NameAstrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1570-6591
ISSN (Electronic)1570-6605


Other2nd Workshop on cosmic-ray induced phenomenology in star-forming environments, 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Spectroscopy
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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