Volume 535, November 2011
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||25 October 2011|
The high resolution X-ray spectrum of SNR 0506-68 using XMM-Newton
Astronomical Institute, University of Utrecht, Postbus 80000, 3508 TA Utrecht, The Netherlands
2 SRON, Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Sorbonnelaan 2, 3584 CA Utrecht, The Netherlands
3 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Received: 31 May 2011
Accepted: 30 August 2011
Aims. We study the supernova remnant 0506-68 in order to obtain detailed information about, among other things, the ionisation state and age of the ionised plasma.
Methods. Using the Reflection Grating Spectrometer (RGS) onboard the XMM-Newton satellite we are able to take detailed spectra of the remnant. In addition, we use the MOS data to obtain spectral information at higher energies.
Results. The spectrum shows signs of recombination and we derive the conditions for which the remnant and SNR in general are able to cool rapidly enough to become over-ionised. The elemental abundances found are mostly in agreement with the mean LMC abundances. Our models and calculations favour the lower age estimate mentioned in the literature of ~4000 year.
Key words: ISM: supernova remnants / supernovae: general
© ESO, 2011
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