An ATCA radio-continuum study of the Small Magellanic Cloud - IV. A multifrequency analysis of the N 66 region

Reid, W.A., Payne, J.L., Filipović, M.D., Danforth, C.W., Jones, P.A., White, G.L., and Staveley-Smith, L. (2006) An ATCA radio-continuum study of the Small Magellanic Cloud - IV. A multifrequency analysis of the N 66 region. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 367 (4). pp. 1379-1393.

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Abstract

Traditional identification of supernova remnants (SNRs) include the use of radio spectral index, optical spectral studies (including strong [S ii], [N ii], [O i], [O ii] and [O iii] lines) and X-ray co-identifications. Each of these can have significant limitations within the context of a particular SNR candidate and new identification methods are continually sought. In this paper, we explore subtraction techniques by Ye, Turtle and Kennicutt to remove thermal emission estimated from Hα flux from radio-continuum images. The remaining non-thermal emission allows the identification of SNRs embedded within these H ii regions. Subtraction images of the N 66 region in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) using Hα wide-field optical CCD images from the Curtis Schmidt Telescope and the recent Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA)/Parkes radio-continuum (1420, 2370, 4800 and 8640 MHz) data are presented as an example. These show three SNRs (B0057 − 724, B0056 − 724 and B0056 − 725) separated from their surrounding H ii radio emission. 2.3-m dual-beam spectrograph long-slit spectra from selected regions within N 66 suggest the presence of an additional SNR with no radio or X-ray emission. Radio spectral index, [S ii]/Hα ratio and archived Chandra images of N 66 combine to give a more coherent picture of this region, confirming B0057 − 724 as an SNR. The N 66 nebula complex is divided into 10 components, composed separately of these SNRs and H ii regions.

Item ID: 4616
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2966
Keywords: magellanic Clouds; radio continuum: galaxies
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2009 04:54
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences @ 100%
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