Long-slit optical spectroscopy of Large Magellanic Cloud radio supernova remnants

Payne, J.L, White, G.L., and Filipović, M.D. (2008) Long-slit optical spectroscopy of Large Magellanic Cloud radio supernova remnants. Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, 383 (3). pp. 1175-1194.

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Abstract

We use long-slit spectra from shocked regions of radio supernova remnants (SNRs) in the Large Magellanic Cloud to estimate electron density and derive an average 'metal' abundance of 10−3.9 based on diagnostic line ratio plots. These simple diagnostics may be especially useful to determine abundances in more distant galaxies. Abundance values listed in this paper, in units of log(x/H) + 12, for nitrogen (7.3) and oxygen (8.2) agree with those reported in the literature. These estimates – which we assume to be dominated by the interstellar medium with little evolutionary interference – were obtained from spectral analysis of ∼50 per cent of known radio SNRs using the double beam spectrograph on the 2.3-m Advanced Technology Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and the Cassegrain spectrograph on the 1.9-m Radcliffe telescope at the South African Astronomical Observatory. We also found optical evidence of shocked regions near 2 of 20 radio SNR candidates (J053620−693136 and J053731−662740), strengthening their identification as true remnants.

Item ID: 6933
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Magellanic Clouds; supernova remnants
ISSN: 0024-8266
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010 04:20
FoR Codes: 02 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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