Astrophys. J., 694, 376-386 (2009/March-3)
Discovery of molecular shells associated with supernova remnants. II. Kesteven 75.
SU Y., CHEN Y., YANG J., KOO B.-C., ZHOU X., JEONG I.-G. and ZHANG C.-G.
Abstract (from CDS):
The young composite supernova remnant (SNR) Kesteven 75 (Kes 75), with a pulsar wind nebula at its center, has an unusual morphology with a bright southern half-shell structure in multiwavelengths. The distance to Kes 75 has long been uncertain. Aiming to address these issues, we have made millimeter spectroscopic observations of the molecular gas toward the remnant. The V LSR∼ 83-96 km/s molecular clouds (MCs) are found to overlap a large northwestern region of the remnant and are suggested to be located in front of the SNR along the line of sight. Also in the remnant area, the VLSR = 45-58 km/s MC shows a blueshifted broadening in the 12CO (J = 1-0) line profile and a perturbed position-velocity structure near the edge of the remnant, with the intensity centroid sitting in the northern area of the remnant. In particular, a cavity surrounded by a molecular shell is unveiled in the intensity map in the broadened blue wing (45-51 km/s), and the southern molecular shell follows the bright partial SNR shell seen in X-rays, mid-infrared, and radio continuum. These observational features provide effective evidences for the association of Kes 75 with the adjacent 54 km/s MC. This association leads to a determination of the kinematic distance at ∼10.6 kpc to the remnant, which agrees with a location at the far side of the Sagittarius arm. The morphological coincidence of the shell seen in multiwavelengths is consistent with a scenario in which the SNR shock hits a pre-existing dense shell. This dense molecular shell is suggested to likely represent the debris of the cooled, clumpy shell of the progenitor's wind bubble proximately behind the 54 km/s cloud. The discovery of the association with MC provides a possible explanation for the γ-ray excess of the remnant.
ISM: individual (Kes 75, G29.7-0.3) - ISM: molecules - supernova remnants
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