Gamma-ray counterpart of the IceCube neutrinos
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Original versionJournal of Physics: Conference Series. 2019, 1181 (1), 1-6. 10.1088/1742-6596/1181/1/012052
A γ-ray excess at high Galactic latitudes starting at energies 300 GeV was recently discovered in the data of the Fermi telescope. The multi-TeV γ-ray emission found has spectral characteristics at both low and high Galactic latitudes compatible with those of the IceCube neutrinos in the same sky regions. This suggests that these γ-rays are the counterpart of the IceCube neutrino signal, implying that a sizeable part of the IceCube neutrino flux originates from the Milky Way. The diffuse neutrino and γ-ray signal at high Galactic latitudes may originate either from a nearby cosmic ray "PeVatron" cosmic ray source, an extended Galactic cosmic ray halo or from decays of heavy dark matter particles.