Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 429, 189-220 (2013/February-2)
A multiwavelength study of supernova remnants in six nearby galaxies - II. New optically selected supernova remnants.
LEONIDAKI I., BOUMIS P. and ZEZAS A.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present results from a study of optically emitting supernova remnants (SNRs) in six nearby galaxies (NGC 2403, 3077, 4214, 4395, 4449 and 5204) based on deep narrow-band Hα and [Sii] images as well as spectroscopic observations. The SNR classification was based on the detected sources that fulfil the well-established emission-line flux criterion of [Sii]/Hα > 0.4. This study revealed ∼ 400 photometric SNRs down to a limiting Hα flux of 10-15 erg s-1 cm-2. Spectroscopic observations confirmed the shock-excited nature of 56 out of the 96 sources with ([Sii]/Hα)phot > 0.3 (our limit for an SNR classification) for which we obtained spectra. 11 more sources were spectroscopically identified as SNRs although their photometric [Sii]/Hα ratio was below 0.3. We discuss the properties of the optically detected SNRs in our sample for different types of galaxies and hence different environments, in order to address their connection with the surrounding interstellar medium. We find that there is a difference in [Nii]/Hα line ratios of the SNR populations between different types of galaxies which indicates that this happens due to metallicity. We cross-correlate parameters of the optically detected SNRs ([Sii]/Hα ratio, luminosity) with parameters of coincident X- ray-emitting SNRs, resulted from our previous studies on the same sample of galaxies, in order to understand their evolution and investigate possible selection effects. We do not find a correlation between their Hα and X-ray luminosities, which we attribute to the presence of material in a wide range of temperatures. We also find evidence for a linear relation between the number of luminous optical SNRs (1037 erg s-1) and star formation rate in our sample of galaxies.
© 2012 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2012)
ISM: supernova remnants - galaxies: star formation
VizieR on-line data:
<Available at CDS (J/MNRAS/429/189): prop.dat table9.dat notes.dat table11.dat table12.dat table13.dat>
Tables 3-8: [LBZ2013] NGC NNNN NN, [LBZ2013] NGC NNNN Na, [LBZ2013] NGC NNNN NN-N, N=27+24+92+47+71+36. Table 9: [LBZ2013] NGC NNNN NNNN N=61.
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