Volume 519, September 2010
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||16 September 2010|
Search for broad absorption lines in spectra of stars in the field of supernova remnant RX J0852.0-4622 (Vela Jr.)
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1312, 85741
Garching, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State University, Vorob'evy Gory, 119992 Moscow, Russian Federation
3 Institute of Astronomy, RAS, Pyatnitskaya 48, 119017, Moscow, Russian Federation
4 Stockholm University, AlbaNova University Center, Department of Astronomy, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Accepted: 24 May 2010
Aims. Supernova remnant (SNR) RX J0852.0-4622 is one of the youngest and is most likely the closest among known Galactic SNRs. It was detected in X-rays, the 44Ti γ-line, and radio. We obtain and analyze medium-resolution spectra of 14 stars in the direction towards the SNR RX J0852.0-4622 in an attempt to detect broad absorption lines of unshocked ejecta against background stars.
Methods. Spectral synthesis is performed for all the stars in the wavelength range of 3740-4020 Å to extract the broad absorption lines of Ca II related to the SNR RX J0852.0-4622.
Results. We do not detect any broad absorption line and place a 3σ upper limit on the relative depths of <0.04 for the broad Ca II absorption produced by the SNR. We detect narrow low and high velocity absorption components of Ca II. High velocity ~ 100–140 km s-1 components are attributed to radiative shocks in clouds engulfed by the old Vela SNR. The upper limit to the absorption line strength combined with the width and flux of the 44Ti γ-ray line 1.16 MeV lead us to conclude that SNR RX J0852.0-4622 was probably produced by an energetic SN Ic explosion.
Key words: line: formation / stars: fundamental parameters / stars: distances / ISM: supernova remnants / supernovae: general / supernova: individual: RX J0852.0-4622
© ESO, 2010
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