Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 536A, 83-83 (2011/12-1)
A Sino-German λ6 cm polarization survey of the Galactic plane. VII. Small supernova remnants.
SUN X.H., REICH P., REICH W., XIAO L., GAO X.Y. and HAN J.L.
Abstract (from CDS):
We study the spectral and polarization properties of supernova remnants (SNRs) using our λ6cm survey data. We analyse data from observations taken as part of the Sino-German λ6cm polarization survey of the Galactic plane. By using the integrated flux densities at λ6cm together with measurements at other wavelengths from the literature, we derive the global spectra of 50 SNRs. In addition, from the observations at λ6cm we obtain the polarization images of 24 SNRs. We derive integrated flux densities at λ6 cm for 51 small SNRs with angular sizes smaller than 1°. We are able to derive global radio spectral indices in all the cases except for Cas A. For the SNRs G15.1-1.6, G16.2-2.7, G16.4-0.5, G17.4-2.3, G17.8-2.6, G20.4+0.1, G36.6+2.6, G43.9+1.6, G53.6-2.2, G55.7+3.4, G59.8+1.2, G68.6-1.2, and G113.0+0.2, the spectra have been significantly improved. From our analysis, we argue that the object G16.8-1.1 is probably an HII region instead of a SNR. Cas A shows a secular decrease in total intensity, and we measure a flux density of 688±35Jy at λ6cm between 2004 and 2008. We detect polarized emission from 25 SNRs. For G16.2-2.7, G69.7+1.0, G84.2-0.8, and G85.9-0.6, the polarized emission is detected for the first time confirming that they are SNRs. High-frequency observations of SNRs are difficult but essential to determine their spectra and measure their polarization in particular towards the inner Galaxy, where Faraday effects are important.
ISM: supernova remnants - surveys - polarization - radio continuum: general - methods: observational
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