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2021A&A...652A..18I - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 652A, 18-18 (2021/8-1)

X-ray supernova remnants in the starburst region of M 82.


Abstract (from CDS):

We searched for X-ray supernova remnants (SNRs) in the starburst region of M 82, using archival data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory with a total effective exposure time of 620ks with an X-ray spectroscopic selection. Strong line emission from FeXXV at 6.7keV is a characteristic spectral feature of hot, shocked gas of young SNRs and is distinctive among the discrete sources in the region populated by X-ray binaries. We selected candidates using narrow-band imaging aimed at the line excess and identified six (and possibly a seventh) X-ray SNRs. Two previously known examples were recovered by our selection. Five of them have radio counterparts, including the radio supernova SN2008iz, which was discovered as a radio transient in 2008. It shows a hard X-ray spectrum with a blueshifted Fe K feature with v≃-2700km/s, both of which suggest its youth. The 4-8keV luminosities of the selected SNRs are in the range of (0.3-2.5)x1038erg/s. We made a crude estimate of the supernova rate, assuming that more luminous SNRs are younger, and found νSN=0.06(0.03-0.13)yr–1, in agreement with the supernova rates estimated by radio observations and the generally believed star formation rate of M 82, although the validity of the assumption is questionable. A sum of the FeXXV luminosity originating from the selected X-ray SNRs consists of half of the total FeXXV luminosity observed in the central region of M 82. We briefly discuss its implications for starburst winds and the FeXXV emission in more luminous starburst galaxies.

Abstract Copyright: © ESO 2021

Journal keyword(s): X-rays: galaxies - galaxies: starburst - galaxies: individual: M 82 - ISM: supernova remnants

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