A search for a dark matter annihilation signal toward the Canis Major overdensity with H.E.S.S.
De Jager, O.C.
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A search for a dark matter (DM) annihilation signal into γ -rays toward the direction of the Canis Major (CMa) overdensity is presented. The nature of CMa is still controversial and one scenario represents it as a dwarf galaxy, making it an interesting candidate forDMannihilation searches. A total of 9.6 hr of high-quality data were collected with theH.E.S.S. array of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes, and no evidence for a very high energy γ -ray signal is found. Upper limits on the CMa dwarf galaxy mass of the order of 109M are derived at the 95% confidence level (CL) assuming neutralinomasses in the range 500 GeV–10 TeV and relatively large annihilation cross sections. Constraints on the velocity-weighted annihilation cross section σv are calculated for specific weakly interacting massive-particle scenarios, using a Navarro–Frenk–White model for the DM halo profile and taking advantage of numerical simulations of hierarchical structure formation. Assuming a total halo mass of 3 × 108M , 95% CL exclusion limits of the order of 5 × 10−24 cm3 s−1 are reached in the 500 GeV–10 TeV DM particle mass interval