CNRS-IN2P3, Université de Bordeaux
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Acceleration of cosmic rays at supernova remnant shocks: constraints from gamma-ray observations
CENBG, Université de Bordeaux
8. SNe and SNRs cosmic ray acceleration
Supernova remnants (SNRs) are thought to be the primary sources of the bulk of Galactic cosmic-ray (CR) protons observed at Earth, up to the knee energy at ~3 PeV. Our understanding of CR acceleration in SNRs mainly relies on the Diffusive Shock Acceleration theory which is commonly invoked to explain several observational (though, indirect) lines of evidence for efficient particle acceleration at the SNR forward shocks up to very high energies. In particular, recent observations of young SNRs in the high-energy (HE; 0.1 < E 100 GeV) gamma-ray domains have raised several questions and triggered numerous theoretical investigations. However, these detections still do not constitute a conclusive proof that supernova remnants accelerate the bulk of Galactic cosmic-rays, mainly due to the difficulty of disentangling the hadronic and leptonic contributions to the observed gamma-ray emission.