Volume 619, November 2018
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interstellar and circumstellar matter|
|Published online||13 November 2018|
Unidentified γ-ray emission towards the SNR Kes 41 revisited
CONICET – Universidad de Buenos Aires, Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio (IAFE),
2 Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3 School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
4 Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DG, UK
Accepted: 13 August 2018
Kes 41 is one of the Galactic supernova remnants (SNRs) that are proposed to be physically linked to γ-ray emission at GeV energies. The nature of the γ-ray photons has been explained, but inconclusively, as hadronic collisions of particles accelerated at the SNR blast wave with target protons in an adjacent molecular clump. We performed an analysis of Fermi-Large Area Telescope (LAT) data of about nine years to assess the origin of the γ-ray emission. To investigate this matter, we also used spectral modelling constraints from the physical properties of the interstellar medium towards the γ-ray emitting region along with a revised radio continuum spectrum of Kes 41 (α = −0.54 ± 0.10, S ∝ να). We demonstrate that the γ-ray fluxes in the GeV range can be explained through bremsstrahlung emission from electrons interacting with the surrounding medium. We also considered a model in which the emission is produced by pion decay after hadronic collisions, and confirm that this mechanism cannot be excluded.
Key words: ISM: supernova remnants / ISM: individual objects: Kes 41 / gamma rays: ISM
© ESO 2018
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