Kirsten Tollefson , Michigan State University
[Host: Chris Neu]
The High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-ray Observatory was completed in March 2015 and is now giving us a new view of the sky. HAWC is a continuously operating, wide field-of-view observatory sensitive to 100 GeV – 100 TeV gamma rays and cosmic rays. It is 15 times more sensitive than previous generation extensive air shower gamma-ray instruments. It serves as a “finder” telescope and monitors the same sky as gamma-ray satellites (Fermi), gravity-wave (LIGO) detectors and neutrino observatories (IceCube) allowing for multi-wavelength and multi-messenger observations. HAWC hopes to answer questions such as "what is dark matter?” and “where do cosmic rays come from?” by observing some of the most violent processes in our Universe. I will present highlights from HAWC’s first year of operation.
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