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Volume 487, Number 2, August IV 2008
Page(s) 601 - 604
Section Interstellar and circumstellar matter
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:200810088
Published online 24 June 2008

A&A 487, 601-604 (2008)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200810088

The radio spectrum and magnetic field structure of SNR HB3

W. B. Shi1, 2, J. L. Han1, X. Y. Gao1, X. H. Sun1, L. Xiao1, P. Reich3, and W. Reich3

1  National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jia 20 DaTun Road, ChaoYang District, Beijing 100012, PR China
    e-mail: hjl@bao.ac.cn
2  School of Space Science and Physics, Shandong University at Weihai, 180 Cultural West Road, Shandong 264209, PR China
3  Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany

Received 29 April 2008 / Accepted 7 June 2008

Context. Evidence for a spectral flattening of the supernova remnant (SNR) HB3 (G132.7+1.3) was recently claimed in the literature based on previously published total flux density data, and the flattening was further interpreted as the discovery of thermal bremsstrahlung emission in the shell of HB3.
Aims. A spectral flattening has never been observed from any SNR before. Reliable observations of HB3 at frequencies above 3000 MHz are crucial to confirm such a spectral behaviour.
Methods. We extracted 4800 MHz total intensity and polarisation data of HB3 from the Sino-German 6 cm polarisation survey of the Galactic plane made with the Urumqi 25 m telescope, and analysed the spectrum of HB3, together with Effelsberg data at 1408 MHz and 2675 MHz.
Results. We found an overall spectral index of HB3 of $\alpha=-0.61 \pm 0.06$ between 1408 MHz and 4800 MHz, similar to the index at lower frequencies. There is no spectral flattening at high frequencies. We detected strong polarised emission from HB3 at 4800 MHz. Our 4800 MHz data show a tangential field orientation in the HB3 shell.

Key words: ISM: supernova remnants -- ISM: individual objects: HB3 -- radio continuum: ISM

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