Search for nucleosynthetic and cosmic-ray induced γ-ray lines from the Galactic plane

M. J. Harris*, W. R. Purcell, D. A. Grabelsky, W. N. Johnson, G. V. Jung, R. L. Kinzer, J. D. Kurfess, K. McNaron-Brown, M. S. Strickman, M. P. Ulmer

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We have combined all OSSE spectra of the central radian of the Galaxy obtained through the end of 1994. These data have been searched for evidence of diffuse emission of nucleosynthetic γ-ray lines (22Na, 1.275 MeV: 60Fe, 1.17 and 1.33 MeV) and cosmic-ray induced γ-ray lines (de-excitation of 12C*, 4.44 MeV, and of 16O*, 6.13 MeV). We have looked in detail at possible systematic errors in the line measurements. Our preliminary results show no evidence for the presence of either broad or narrow cosmic-ray induced lines, nor for emission from 22Na, down to 3 σ upper limits ≃ 2 10-4 γ/(cm2-secrad). We find weak evidence (≈ 2σ) of 60Fe line emission from positive Galactic longitudes in the central radian.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-347
Number of pages5
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics Supplement Series
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996


  • Abundances - Gamma-rays
  • Cosmic rays - Galaxy
  • Nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances - Ism
  • Observations

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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