Supernova Remnant Kes 17: Efficient Cosmic Ray Accelerator inside a Molecular Cloud

Дата и время публикации : 2013-11-27T08:33:30Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
Joseph D. Gelfand
Daniel Castro
Patrick O. Slane
Tea Temim
John P. Hughes
Cara Rakowski

Ссылка на журнал-издание: The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 777, Issue 2, article id. 148, 12 pp. (2013)
Коментарии к cтатье: 13 pages, 6 figures, 4 tables
Первичная категория: astro-ph.GA

Все категории : astro-ph.GA, astro-ph.HE

Краткий обзор статьи: Supernova remnant Kes 17 (SNR G304.6+0.1) is one of a few but growing number of remnants detected across the electromagnetic spectrum. In this paper, we analyze recent radio, X-ray, and gamma-ray observations of this object, determining that efficient cosmic ray acceleration is required to explain its broadband non-thermal spectrum. These observations also suggest that Kes 17 is expanding inside a molecular cloud, though our determination of its age depends on whether thermal conduction or clump evaporation is primarily responsible for its center-filled thermal X-ray morphology. Evidence for efficient cosmic ray acceleration in Kes 17 supports recent theoretical work that the strong magnetic field, turbulence, and clumpy nature of molecular clouds enhances cosmic ray production in supernova remnants. While additional observations are needed to confirm this interpretation, further study of Kes 17 is important for understanding how cosmic rays are accelerated in supernova remnants.

Category: Physics