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Supernova Remnants in the Magellanic Clouds. III. an X-Ray Atlas of Large Magellanic Cloud Supernova Remnants

By R. M. Williams, Y. -h. Chu, J. R. Dickel, R. A. Gruendl, R. Shelton, S. D. Points and R. C. Smith


We present the first X-ray detection of SNR 0450−70.9, the largest known supernova remnant (SNR) in the Large Magellanic Cloud. To study the physical conditions of this SNR, we have obtained XMM-Newton X-ray observations, optical images and high-dispersion spectra, and radio continuum maps. Optical images of SNR 0450−70.9 show a large, irregular elliptical shell with bright filaments along the eastern and western rims and within the shell interior. The interior filaments have higher [S II]/Hα ratios and form an apparent inner shell morphology. The X-ray emission region is smaller than the full extent of the optical shell, with the brightest X-ray emission found within the small interior shell and on the western rim of the large shell. The expansion velocity of the small shell is ∼220 km s −1, while the large shell is ∼120 km s −1.

Topics: Visiting Astronomer, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories
Publisher: w
Year: 1999
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