publication . Other literature type . Article . 1995

Evidence for shock acceleration of high-energy electrons in the supernova remnant SN1006

Katsuji Koyama; Robert Petre; Eric V. Gotthelf; Una Hwang; M. Matsuura; M. Ozaki; Stephen S. Holt;
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  • Published: 16 Nov 1995
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
HIGH-ENERGY cosmic rays (relativistic heavy nuclei) play an important role in heating interstellar matter in the Milky Way1,2, and they affect chemical abundances through collisions with atoms in the interstellar gas2. Although it has long been thought that these cosmic rays arise from supernovae3,4, direct evidence for such an association has been lacking. Here we report X-ray observations of the remnant of supernova 1006, made by the ASCA satellite, which indicate that emission from the edges of the remnant shell is dominated by radiation from electrons accelerated to energies of ~ 100 TeV within the shock front. Ions in the shell are likely to have been accel...
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arXiv: Astrophysics::High Energy Astrophysical PhenomenaAstrophysics::Galaxy AstrophysicsAstrophysics::Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
free text keywords: Cosmic ray, Radiation, Electron, Near-Earth supernova, Interstellar medium, Astronomy, Physics, Supernova, Supernova remnant, Astrophysics, Particle acceleration
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