Query : 2010A&A...514L...2M

2010A&A...514L...2M - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 514, L2-2 (2010/5-1)

Spatial identification of the overionized plasma in W49B.


Abstract (from CDS):

Recent Suzaku X-ray observations of the ejecta-dominated supernova remnant W49B have shown that there is a clear indication in the global spectrum for overionized plasma, whose physical origin is still under debate. In order to ascertain the physical origin of this rapidly cooling plasma, we focus on its spatial localization within the X-ray emitting ejecta. We confirm a saw-edged excess (interpreted as a strong radiative recombination continuum) in the global spectrum above 8keV, which emerges above the ionization-equilibrium model. We produce a hardness-ratio map to determine where the plasma is overionized and perform a spectral analysis of the regions with and without strong overionization. We find that the overionized plasma is localized in the center of the remnant and in its western jet, while it is not detected in the bright eastern jet, where the expansion of the ejecta is hampered by their interaction with a dense interstellar cloud. The location of overionized plasma suggests that the inner ejecta are rapidly cooling by expansion, unlike the outer ejecta, for which expansion is hampered by interstellar clouds seen in H2.

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Journal keyword(s): X-rays: ISM - ISM: supernova remnants - ISM: individual object: W49B

Simbad objects: 2

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Number of rows : 2
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 IC 443 SNR 06 17.0 +22 34           ~ 1193 1
2 W 49b SNR 19 11 09.000 +09 06 24.00           ~ 441 1

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