Volume 410, Number 2, November I 2003
|Page(s)||L5 - L8|
|Published online||17 November 2003|
Letter to the Editor
Faint hard X-ray sources in the Galactic Center region: Supernova ejecta fragments population
AF Ioffe Institute for Physics and Technology, St. Petersburg 194021, Russia
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 3 September 2003
Long Chandra observations of field in the Galactic Center (GC) region reported by Muno et al. ([CITE]) have revealed a population of about 2000 hard faint X-ray sources limited by luminosities . We show that fast moving knots (FMKs) of supernovae ejecta could comprise a sizeable fraction of the sources. Each supernova event can produce hundreds of FMKs. The presence of ~3 supernova remnants of age ∼103 in the GC region could provide the required number of the FMKs. Simulated X-ray spectra of the FMKs contain both thermal and nonthermal components. The nonthermal spectra are power-laws with hard photon indexes and prominent lines of some metals (e.g. Fe). The – distribution and the hardness ratios of the FMKs in the GC region are consistent with the Chandra findings. Spatial distribution of the FMKs in the GC region should appear as an ensemble of coherent shell and jet-like structures of a few arcmin-scale.
Key words: acceleration of particles / radiation mechanisms: non-thermal / ISM / clouds / ISM: individual object: Galactic Center / ISM: supernova remnants / X-rays: diffuse background
© ESO, 2003
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