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Volume 390, Number 3, August II 2002
Page(s) L43 - L46
Section Letters
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20020862

A&A 390, L43-L46 (2002)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20020862


No evidence yet for hadronic TeV gamma-ray emission from SNR RX J1713.7-3946

O. Reimer and M. Pohl

Institut für Theoretische Physik, Lehrstuhl IV: Weltraum-und Astrophysik, Ruhr-Uni ver si tät Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany

(Received 7 May 2002 / Accepted 11 June 2002)

Recent TeV-scale observations with the CANGAROO II telescope have led to the claim that the multi-band spectrum of RX J1713.7-3946 cannot be explained as the composite of a synchrotron and an inverse Compton component emitted by a population of relativistic electrons. It was argued that the spectrum of the high-energy emission is a good match to that predicted by pion decay, thus providing observational evidence that protons are accelerated in SNR to at least TeV energies. In this Letter we discuss the multi-band spectrum of RX J1713.7-3946 under the constraint that the GeV-scale emission observed from the closely associated EGRET source 3EG J1714-3857 is either associated with the SNR or an upper limit to the gamma-ray emission of the SNR. We find that the pion-decay model adopted by Enomoto et al. is in conflict with the existing GeV data. We have examined the possibility of a modified proton spectrum to explain the data, and find that we cannot do so within any existing theoretical framework of shock acceleration models.

Key words: ISM: cosmic rays -- ISM: supernova remnants -- gamma rays: observations

Offprint request: O. Reimer, olr@tp4.ruhr-uni-bochum.de

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