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Reference: Acero, F, Aloisio, R, Amans, J et al., (2017). Prospects for Cherenkov Telescope Array observations of the young supernova remnant RX J1713.7−3946. Astrophysical Journal, 840 (2), Article: 74.Citable link to this page:

 

Prospects for Cherenkov Telescope Array observations of the young supernova remnant RX J1713.7−3946

Abstract: We perform simulations for future Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) observations of RX J1713.7−3946, a young supernova remnant (SNR) and one of the brightest sources ever discovered in very high energy (VHE) gamma rays. Special attention is paid to exploring possible spatial (anti)correlations of gamma rays with emission at other wavelengths, in particular X-rays and CO/H i emission. We present a series of simulated images of RX J1713.7−3946 for CTA based on a set of observationally motivated models for the gamma-ray emission. In these models, VHE gamma rays produced by high-energy electrons are assumed to trace the nonthermal X-ray emission observed by XMM-Newton, whereas those originating from relativistic protons delineate the local gas distributions. The local atomic and molecular gas distributions are deduced by the NANTEN team from CO and H i observations. Our primary goal is to show how one can distinguish the emission mechanism(s) of the gamma rays (i.e., hadronic versus leptonic, or a mixture of the two) through information provided by their spatial distribution, spectra, and time variation. This work is the first attempt to quantitatively evaluate the capabilities of CTA to achieve various proposed scientific goals by observing this important cosmic particle accelerator.

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Publisher: American Astronomical Society

Publisher Website: http://aas.org/

Journal: Astrophysical Journalsee more from them

Publication Website: http://iopscience.iop.org/journal/0004-637X

Volume: 840

Issue: 2

Extent: Article: 74

Issue Date: 10 May 2017

pages:Article: 74Identifiers

Doi: https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aa6d67

Issn: 1538-4357

Uuid: uuid:775fd27a-abf4-434a-8a8e-a7c293c58a19

Urn: uri:775fd27a-abf4-434a-8a8e-a7c293c58a19

Pubs-id: pubs:697739 Item Description

Type: journal-article;

Version: Publisher's versionKeywords: cosmic rays – gamma rays ISM – ISM individual objects (RX J1713.7–3946, G347.3–0.5)

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Author: Acero, F - - - Aloisio, R - - - Amans, J - - - Cotter, G - - - De Franco, A - - - Sarkar, S - Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Theoretical

Source: https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:775fd27a-abf4-434a-8a8e-a7c293c58a19



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