Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 487, 601-604 (2008/8-4)
The radio spectrum and magnetic field structure of SNR HB3.
SHI W.B., HAN J.L., GAO X.Y., SUN X.H., XIAO L., REICH P. and REICH W.
Abstract (from CDS):
Evidence for a spectral flattening of the supernova remnant (SNR) HB3 (G132.7+1.3) was recently claimed in the literature based on previously published total flux density data, and the flattening was further interpreted as the discovery of thermal bremsstrahlung emission in the shell of HB3. A spectral flattening has never been observed from any SNR before. Reliable observations of HB3 at frequencies above 3000MHz are crucial to confirm such a spectral behaviour. We extracted 4800MHz total intensity and polarisation data of HB3 from the Sino-German 6cm polarisation survey of the Galactic plane made with the Urumqi 25m telescope, and analysed the spectrum of HB3, together with Effelsberg data at 1408MHz and 2675MHz. We found an overall spectral index of HB3 of α=-0.61±0.06 between 1408MHz and 4800MHz, similar to the index at lower frequencies. There is no spectral flattening at high frequencies. We detected strong polarised emission from HB3 at 4800MHz. Our 4800MHz data show a tangential field orientation in the HB3 shell.
ISM: supernova remnants - ISM: individual objects: HB3 - radio continuum: ISM