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Cosmic rays and their interstellar medium environment (CRISM-2011), Montpellier : France (2011)
Fermi-LAT detection of gamma-ray emission in the vicinity of the star forming regions W43 and Westerlund 2
E. Ferrara, M.H. Grondin, M. Lemoine-Goumard1, P. Martin, M. Renaud
Fermi-LAT Collaboration(s)
(27/06/2011)

Particle acceleration in massive star forming regions can proceed via a large variety of possible emission scenarios, including high-energy gamma-ray production in the colliding wind zone of the massive Wolf-Rayet binary (here WR 20a and WR121a), collective wind scenarios, diffusive shock acceleration at the boundaries of wind-blown bubbles in the stellar cluster, and outbreak phenomena from hot stellar winds into the interstellar medium. In view of the recent Fermi-LAT detection of HESS J1023-575 (in the vicinity of Westerlund 2), we examine another very high energy (VHE) gamma-ray source, HESS J1848-0145 (in the vicinity of W43), possibly associated with a massive star cluster. Considering data from other wavelengths, in particular X-rays and TeV gamma-rays, we examine the available evidence that the gamma-ray emission from Westerlund 2 and W43 could originate in particles accelerated by the above-mentioned mechanisms in massive star clusters.
1 :  CENBG - Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux Gradignan
Physique/Astrophysique/Phénomènes cosmiques de haute energie

Planète et Univers/Astrophysique/Phénomènes cosmiques de haute energie