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IceCube Search for High-energy Neutrino Emission from TeV Pulsar Wind Nebulae

  • Author(s): Aartsen, MG;
  • Ackermann, M;
  • Adams, J;
  • Aguilar, JA;
  • Ahlers, M;
  • Ahrens, M;
  • Alispach, C;
  • Andeen, K;
  • Anderson, T;
  • Ansseau, I;
  • Anton, G;
  • Argüelles, C;
  • Auffenberg, J;
  • Axani, S;
  • Bagherpour, H;
  • Bai, X;
  • Balagopal, VA;
  • Barbano, A;
  • Barwick, SW;
  • Bastian, B;
  • Baum, V;
  • Baur, S;
  • Bay, R;
  • Beatty, JJ;
  • Becker, KH;
  • Becker Tjus, J;
  • Benzvi, S;
  • Berley, D;
  • Bernardini, E;
  • Besson, DZ;
  • Binder, G;
  • Bindig, D;
  • Blaufuss, E;
  • Blot, S;
  • Bohm, C;
  • Böser, S;
  • Botner, O;
  • Böttcher, J;
  • Bourbeau, E;
  • Bourbeau, J;
  • Bradascio, F;
  • Braun, J;
  • Bron, S;
  • Brostean-Kaiser, J;
  • Burgman, A;
  • Buscher, J;
  • Busse, RS;
  • Carver, T;
  • Chen, C;
  • Cheung, E;
  • Chirkin, D;
  • Choi, S;
  • Clark, BA;
  • Clark, K;
  • Classen, L;
  • Coleman, A;
  • Collin, GH;
  • Conrad, JM;
  • Coppin, P;
  • Correa, P;
  • Cowen, DF;
  • Cross, R;
  • Dave, P;
  • De Clercq, C;
  • Delaunay, JJ;
  • Dembinski, H;
  • Deoskar, K;
  • De Ridder, S;
  • Desiati, P;
  • De Vries, KD;
  • De Wasseige, G;
  • De With, M;
  • Deyoung, T;
  • Diaz, A;
  • Díaz-Vélez, JC;
  • Dujmovic, H;
  • Dunkman, M;
  • Dvorak, E;
  • Eberhardt, B;
  • Ehrhardt, T;
  • Eller, P;
  • Engel, R;
  • Evenson, PA;
  • Fahey, S;
  • Fazely, AR;
  • Felde, J;
  • Filimonov, K;
  • Finley, C;
  • Fox, D;
  • Franckowiak, A;
  • Friedman, E;
  • Fritz, A;
  • Gaisser, TK;
  • Gallagher, J;
  • Ganster, E;
  • Garrappa, S;
  • Gerhardt, L;
  • Ghorbani, K;
  • Glauch, T;
  • Glüsenkamp, T
  • et al.
Abstract

Pulsar wind nebulae (PWNe) are the main gamma-ray emitters in the Galactic plane. They are diffuse nebulae that emit nonthermal radiation. Pulsar winds, relativistic magnetized outflows from the central star, shocked in the ambient medium produce a multiwavelength emission from the radio through gamma-rays. Although the leptonic scenario is able to explain most PWNe emission, a hadronic contribution cannot be excluded. A possible hadronic contribution to the high-energy gamma-ray emission inevitably leads to the production of neutrinos. Using 9.5 yr of all-sky IceCube data, we report results from a stacking analysis to search for neutrino emission from 35 PWNe that are high-energy gamma-ray emitters. In the absence of any significant correlation, we set upper limits on the total neutrino emission from those PWNe and constraints on hadronic spectral components.

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