Volume 370, Number 1, April IV 2001
|Page(s)||265 - 272|
|Published online||15 April 2001|
The supernova remnants G 67.7+1.8, G 31.5-0.6 and G 49.2-0.7
University of Crete, Physics Department, PO Box 2208, 710 03 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
2 Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, PO Box 1527, 711 10 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
3 Max-Planck Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstrasse, 85740 Garching, Germany
Corresponding author: F. Mavromatakis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 12 January 2001
Optical CCD imaging and spectroscopic observations of three supernova remnants have been performed for the first time. Filamentary and diffuse emission is discovered from the supernova remnant G 67.7+1.8 located ~82´ to the south of CTB 80's pulsar. The Hα and sulfur emission are almost equally strong at a level of ~20 10-17 erg s-1 cm-2 arcsec-2 suggesting shock-heated emission. Electron densities less than 240 cm-3 are estimated, while the weak [Oiii ] emission suggests shock velocities in the range of 60-80 km s-1. Emission can also be seen in the ROSAT All Sky Survey data which indicate an extended hard X-ray source. Emission from G 31.5-0.6 is detected only in the HNii ] image at a typical flux level of 35 10-17 erg s-1 cm-2 arcsec-2. The morphology of the observed radiation is diffuse and partially correlated with the non-thermal radio emission. Deep long-slit spectra detect sulfur line emission which is not strong enough to identify it as emission from shocked gas. Finally, optical emission from G 49.2-0.7 is obscured by several dark nebulae which probably give rise to significant X-ray attenuation. The HNii ] flux is typically ~40 10-17 erg s-1 cm-2 arcsec-2 while the [Sii ] flux is very weak, not allowing its identification as shock-heated. However, a small area of ~3´ 1´emits strong sulfur flux relative to Hα ([Sii ]/Hα ~ 0.6). This area is located in the south-east of G 49.2-0.7, close to the outer boundaries of the X-ray and radio emission. However, deep optical spectra would be required to firmly establish the nature of this emission and its association to G 49.2-0.7.
Key words: ISM: general / ISM: supernova remnants / ISM: individual objects: G 67.7+1.8, G 31.5 / 0.6, G 49.2 / 0.7
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