Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 438, 3243-3254 (2014/March-2)
X-ray decay lines from heavy nuclei in supernova remnants as a probe of the r-process origin and the birth periods of magnetars.
RIPLEY J.L., METZGER B.D., ARCONES A. and MARTINEZ-PINEDO G.
Abstract (from CDS):
The origin of rapid neutron capture (r-process) nuclei remains one of the longest standing mysteries in nuclear astrophysics. Core collapse supernovae (SNe) and neutron star binary mergers are likely r-process sites, but little evidence yet exists for their in situ formation in such environments. Motivated by the advent of sensitive new or planned X-ray telescopes such as the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the Large Observatory for X-ray Timing (LOFT), we revisit the prospects for the detection of X-ray decay lines from r-process nuclei in young or nearby supernova remnants. For all remnants planned to be observed by NuSTAR (and several others), we conclude that r-process nuclei are detectable only if the remnant possesses a large overabundance O \gtrsim 10^3 relative to the average yield per SN. Prospects are better for the next Galactic SN (assumed age of 3yr and distance of 10 kpc), for which an average r-process yield is detectable via the 10.7 (9.2) keV line complexes of 194Os by LOFT at 6σ (5σ) confidence; the 27.3keV line complex of 125Sb is detectable by NuSTAR at 2σ for O \gtrsim 2. We also consider X-rays lines from the remnants of Galactic magnetars, motivated by the much higher r-process yields of the magnetorotationally driven SNe predicted to birth magnetars. The ∼ 3.6-3.9keV lines of 126Sn are potentially detectable in the remnants of the magnetars 1E1547.0-5408 and 1E2259+586 by LOFT for an assumed r-process yield predicted by recent simulations. The (non-)detection of these lines can thus probe whether magnetars are indeed born with millisecond periods. Finally, we consider a blind survey of the Galactic plane with LOFT for r-process lines from the most recent binary neutron star merger remnant, concluding that a detection is unlikely without additional information on the merger location.
© 2014 The Authors Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014)
line: formation - nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances - stars: abundances - stars: magnetars - stars: neutron - X-rays: general
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