A deep chandra observation of the oxygen-rich supernova remnant 0540-69.3 in the large magellanic cloud

Sangwook Park, John P. Hughes, Patrick O. Slane, Koji Mori, David N. Burrows

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Abstract

Using our deep 120 ks Chandra observation, we report on the results from our spatially resolved X-ray spectral analysis of the "oxygen-rich" supernova remnant (SNR) 0540-69.3 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. We conclusively establish the nonthermal nature of the "arcs" in the east and west boundaries of the SNR, which confirms the cosmic-ray electron acceleration in the supernova shock (B ∼20-140 μG). We report tentative evidence for Fe overabundance in the southern region close to the outer boundary of the SNR. While such a detection would be intriguing, the existence of Fe ejecta is not conclusive with the current data because of poor photon statistics and limited plasma models. If it is verified using deeper X-ray observations and improved plasma models, the presence of Fe ejecta, which was produced in the core of the supernova, near the SNR's outer boundary would provide an intriguing opportunity to study the explosive nucleosynthesis and the ejecta mixing in this young core-collapse SNR. There is no evidence of X-ray counterparts for the optical O-rich ejecta in the central regions of the SNR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)948-957
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume710
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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