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Fermi-lat discovery of gev gamma-ray emission from the young supernova remnant cassiopeia A
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
Number of Authors: 172
2010 (English)In: Astrophysical Journal Letters, ISSN 2041-8205, Vol. 710, no 1, L92-L97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We report on the first detection of GeV high-energy gamma-ray emission from a young supernova remnant (SNR) with the Large Area Telescope aboard the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. These observations reveal a source with no discernible spatial extension detected at a significance level of 12.2 sigma above 500 MeV a a location that is consistent with the position of the remnant of the supernova explosion that occurred around 1680 in the Cassiopeia constellation-Cassiopeia A (Cas A). The gamma-ray flux and spectral shape of the source are consistent with a scenario in which the gamma-ray emission originates from relativistic particles accelerated in the shell of this remnant. The total content of cosmic rays (electrons and protons) accelerated in Cas A can be estimated as W(CR) similar or equal to (1-4) x 10(49) erg thanks to the well-known density in the remnant assuming that the observed gamma ray originates in the SNR shell(s). The magnetic field in the radio-emitting plasma can be robustly constrained as B >= 0.1 mG, providing new evidence of the magnetic field amplification at the forward shock and the strong field in the shocked ejecta.

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2010. Vol. 710, no 1, L92-L97 p.
Keyword [en]
Acceleration of particles, ISM, individual objects (Cassiopeia A), Radiation mechanisms, non-thermal
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-101213DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/710/1/L92ISI: 000274438700020ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77749342903OAI: diva2:546786

QC 20120824. Author count: 172

Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-24Bibliographically approved

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