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Volume 422, Number 2, August I 2004
Page(s) 591 - 602
Section Interstellar and circumstellar matter
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20047001

A&A 422, 591-602 (2004)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20047001

Dust-to-gas ratios in the Kepler supernova remnant

M. Contini1, 2

1  Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas - USP, Brazil
2  School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
    e-mail: contini@post.tau.ac.il

(Received 2 January 2004 / Accepted 31 March 2004)

A new method to evaluate the dust-to-gas ratios in the Kepler SNR is presented. Dust emission in the infrared and bremsstrahlung are calculated consistently, considering that dust grains are collisionally heated by the gas throughout the front and downstream of both the expanding and the reverse shocks. The calculated continuum SED is constrained by the observational data. The dust-to-gas ratios are determined by the ratio of the dust emission bump and bremsstrahlung in the infrared. The shell-like morphological similarity of X-ray and radio emission, and of images in H $\alpha$ and in infrared wavelengths confirms that both radio and X-ray emissions are created at the front of the expanding shock and that dust and gas are coupled crossing the expanding and reverse shock fronts. The results show that large grains with radius of ~1  $\mu$m with dust-to-gas ratios <4  $\times$ 10 -3 survive sputtering and are heated to a maximum temperature of 125 K downstream of the shock expanding outwards with a velocity of about 1000  $\rm km\,s^{-1}$. The high velocity shocks become radiative for dust-to-gas ratios >10 -3. Such shocks do not appear in the NE region, indicating that dust grains are not homogeneously distributed throughout the remnant. Smaller grains with radius of about 0.2  $\mu$m and dust-to-gas ratios of ~4  $\times$ 10 -4 are heated to a maximum temperature of ~50 K downstream of the reverse shock corresponding to velocities of about 50  $\rm km\,s^{-1}$. A maximum dust mass <0.16  $M_{\odot}$ is calculated.

Key words: ISM: supernova remnants -- X-rays: stars -- shock waves -- ISM: individual objects: Kepler SNR

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