An optical search for supernova remnants in the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2903
University of Cukurova, Department of Physics, 01330 Adana, Turkey e-mail: email@example.com
2 Special Astrophysical Observatory of R.A.S., Karachai-Cherkessia, Nihnij Arkhyz 369167, Russia
3 Dept. of Physics, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara, Turkey
Accepted: 11 December 2008
Aims. We present the results of an optical search for supernova remnants (SNRs) in the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 2903.
Methods. Interference filter images and spectral data were taken in March 2005 with the f/7.7 1.5 m Russian Turkish Telescope (RTT150) at TUBITAK National Observatory (TUG). Spectral data were obtained with the 6 m BTA (Bolshoi Azimuthal Telescope, Russia). We used the SNR identification criterion that consists of constructing the continuum-subtracted Hα and continuum-subtracted [SII]λλ6716, 6731 images and their ratios.
Results. Five SNR candidates were identified in NGC 2903 with [SII]/Hα ratios ranging from 0.41–0.74 and Hα intensities ranging from 9.4 10-15 to 1.7 10-14 erg cm-2 s-1. This work represents the first identification of SNRs by an optical survey in NGC 2903. We present the spectrum of one of the bright candidates and derive an [SII]/Hα emission line ratio of 0.42 for this source. In addition, the weak [OIII]λ5007/Hβ emission line ratio in the spectrum of this SNR indicates an old oxygen-deficient remnant with a low propagation velocity.
Key words: ISM: supernova remnants / galaxies: spiral / galaxies: individual: NGC 2903
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