2008A&A...485..223S


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2008A&A...485..223S - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 485, 223-231 (2008/7-1)

Detectability of gamma-ray emission from classical novae with Swift/BAT.

SENZIANI F., SKINNER G.K., JEAN P. and HERNANZ M.

Abstract (from CDS):

Classical novae are expected to emit gamma rays during their explosions. The most important contribution to the early gamma-ray emission comes from the annihilation with electrons of the positrons generated by the decay of 13N and 18F. The photons are expected to be down-scattered to a few tens of keV, and the emission is predicted to occur some days before the visual discovery and to last ∼2 days. Despite a number of attempts, no positive detections of such emission have been made, due to lack of sensitivity and of sky coverage. Because of its huge field of view, good sensitivity, and well-adapted (14-200keV) energy band, Swift/BAT offers a new opportunity for such searches. BAT data can be retrospectively used to search for prompt gamma-ray emission from the direction of novae after their optical discovery. We have estimated the expected success rate for the detection with BAT of gamma rays from classical novae using a Monte Carlo approach. Searches were performed for emission from novae occurring since the launch of Swift. Using the actual observing programme during the first 2.3 years of BAT operations as an example, and sensitivity achieved, we estimate the expected rate of detection of classical novae with BAT as ∼0.2-0.5yr–1, implying that several should be seen within a 10 yr mission. The search for emission in the directions of the 24 classical novae discovered since the Swift launch yielded no positive results, but none of these was known to be close enough for this to be a surprise. Detections of a recurrent nova (RS Oph) and a nearby dwarf nova (V455 And) demonstrate the efficacy of the technique. The absence of detections is consistent with the expectations from the Monte Carlo simulations, but the long-term prospects are encouraging given an anticipated Swift operating lifetime of ∼10 years.

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Journal keyword(s): gamma rays: observations - nuclear reactions, nucleosynthesis, abundances - stars: novae, cataclysmic variables - stars: white dwarfs

Simbad objects: 26

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Number of rows : 26

N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
RA
ICRS (J2000)
DEC
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2021
#notes
1 NOVA Pup 2007 b No* 07 05 42.4998081099 -38 14 39.437610483   16.07   15.86 15.85 ~ 28 0
2 V* V597 Pup No* 08 16 17.953 -34 15 25.19   21.65       ~ 42 0
3 NOVA Cen 2007 No* 11 43 10.121 -58 04 04.08       18.4   ~ 39 0
4 NOVA Cen 2005 No* 13 20 49.74 -62 37 50.5     8.8     ~ 24 0
5 NOVA Nor 2005 No* 16 19 44.74 -51 34 53.1     8.7     ~ 30 0
6 NOVA Nor 2007 No* 16 32 11.51 -45 09 13.4           ~ 10 0
7 NOVA Sco 2007 b No* 16 56 59.35 -35 21 50.2   12.5       ~ 18 0
8 NOVA Sco 2007 a No* 16 57 40.91 -32 20 36.4           ~ 89 0
9 NOVA Oph 2006 b No* 17 15 33.00 -29 09 39.9     9.2     ~ 20 0
10 NOVA Oph 2007 No* 17 42 44.00 -23 40 35.1           ~ 45 1
11 NOVA Sco 2005 No* 17 44 21.59 -34 16 35.7     8.66     ~ 29 0
12 NAME Gal Center reg 17 45 40.04 -29 00 28.1           ~ 11842 0
13 NOVA Ser 2005 No* 17 49 24.57 -12 59 59.2           ~ 23 0
14 V* RS Oph No* 17 50 13.1592776879 -06 42 28.481553668   12.29 4.30     OB+M2ep 931 0
15 NOVA Sgr 2006 No* 17 58 52.61 -36 47 35.1     9.2     ~ 17 0
16 NOVA Sgr 2007 No* 18 10 18.4 -18 46 51   13.64 12.25     ~ 58 0
17 NOVA Sgr 2005 a No* 18 16 59.04 -25 56 38.8     7.8     ~ 37 0
18 NOVA Sgr 2005 b No* 18 17 50.77 -30 26 31.3     19.181   18.962 ~ 58 0
19 NOVA Sct 2005 No* 18 32 04.75 -06 43 34.3     11.1     ~ 26 0
20 NOVA Sct 2005 b No* 18 38 42.93 -12 16 15.6     10.4     ~ 24 0
21 NOVA Aql 2005 No* 19 05 12.50 +05 14 12.0     10.84     Kep 32 0
22 NOVA Vul 2007 No* 19 54 24.61 +20 52 52.6   17.76 15.96 17.9   ~ 108 0
23 NOVA Cyg 2005 No* 20 09 19.05 +39 48 52.9     10.13     ~ 32 0
24 V* V2467 Cyg No* 20 28 12.4764599967 +41 48 36.391245303   20.0   18.5   ~ 40 0
25 NOVA Cyg 2006 No* 21 11 32.346 +44 48 03.66   10.5 8.5     ~ 92 1
26 V* V455 And DN* 23 34 01.4485468687 +39 21 40.866526351   16.22 16.09 16.14   ~ 117 0

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