MAVROMATAKIS F., PAPAMASTORAKIS J., VENTURA J., BECKER W., PALEOLOGOU E.V. and SCHAUDEL D.
Abstract (from CDS):
Optical CCD imaging and spectroscopic observations of three supernova remnants have been performed for the first time. Filamentary and diffuse emission is discovered from the supernova remnant G 67.7+1.8 located ∼82' to the south of CTB 80's pulsar. The Hα and sulfur emission are almost equally strong at a level of ∼20x10–17erg/s/cm2/arcsec2 suggesting shock-heated emission. Electron densities less than 240cm–3 are estimated, while the weak [OIII] emission suggests shock velocities in the range of 60-80km/s. Emission can also be seen in the ROSAT All Sky Survey data which indicate an extended hard X-ray source. Emission from G 31.5-0.6 is detected only in the Hα+[NII] image at a typical flux level of 35x10–17erg/s/cm2/arcsec2. The morphology of the observed radiation is diffuse and partially correlated with the non-thermal radio emission. Deep long-slit spectra detect sulfur line emission which is not strong enough to identify it as emission from shocked gas. Finally, optical emission from G 49.2-0.7 is obscured by several dark nebulae which probably give rise to significant X-ray attenuation. The Hα+[NII] flux is typically ∼40x10–17erg/s/cm2/arcsec2 while the [SII] flux is very weak, not allowing its identification as shock-heated. However, a small area of ∼3'x1' emits strong sulfur flux relative to Hα ([SII]/Hα∼0.6). This area is located in the south-east of G 49.2-0.7, close to the outer boundaries of the X-ray and radio emission. However, deep optical spectra would be required to firmly establish the nature of this emission and its association to G 49.2-0.7.