The X-ray Synchrotron Emission of Rcw 86 and the Implications for Its Age

Abstract

We report here X-ray imaging spectroscopy observations of the northeastern shell of the supernova remnant RCW 86 with Chandra and XMM-Newton. Along this part of the shell the dominant X-ray radiation mechanism changes from thermal to synchrotron emission. We argue that both the presence of X-ray synchrotron radiation and the width of the synchrotron emitting region suggest a locally higher shock velocity of Vs ≈ 2700 km s and a magnetic field of B ≈ 24 ± 5 μG. Moreover, we also show that a simple power law cosmic ray electron spectrum with an exponential cut-off cannot explain the broad band synchrotron emission. Instead a concave electron spectrum is needed, as predicted by non-linear shock acceleration models. Finally, we show that the derived shock velocity strengthens the case that RCW 86 is the remnant of SN 185. Subject headings: shock waves – X-rays: observations individual (RCW 86) – supernova remnants

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@inproceedings{Vink2006TheXS, title={The X-ray Synchrotron Emission of Rcw 86 and the Implications for Its Age}, author={J . S . Vink and Ryo Yamazaki}, year={2006} }