Supernova Remnants: An Odyssey in Space after Stellar death

Supernova Remnants: An Odyssey in Space after Stellar death

Supernova Remnants: An Odyssey in Space after Stellar death


1st Abstract

Title (1st Abstract)

New candidate supernova remnants in nearby galaxies

First Author

Maria Kopsacheili


IAASARS – National Observatory of Athens, Greece, University of Athens – Department of Physics, Greece

Additional Authors

Panos Boumis (1), Ioanna Leonidaki (2),(3), Andreas Zezas (2),(3),(4)

(1)IAASARS, National Observatory of Athens, Greece
(2)University of Crete – Department of Physics, Greece
(3)IESL/FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
(4)Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, USA


1. Radiation studies from gamma-rays to radio in Galactic and Extragalactic SNRs

1st Abstract

Supernova remnants (SNRs) are objects of high importance since they provide major amounts of energy to the interstellar medium (ISM), while at the same time they depict the end-point state of massive stars (M > 8 M ⨀ ). In order to investigate the physical properties of these objects and their interplay with their environment, we have embarked in an extensive investigation of the SNR populations in nearby galaxies of different morphological types. This effort has been initiated with six galaxies, mostly irregulars, in the northern hemisphere (Leonidaki et al. 2010, 2013). Following this context, we present new candidate SNRs (down to fluxes of 10^(-16) erg sec^(-1) cm^(-2) ) of five spiral galaxies in the southern hemisphere (NGC 45, NGC 55, NGC 1313, NGC 1672, NGC 7793), based on deep narrow-band Hα and [S II] images observed with the 4m Blanco telescope at CTIO, Chile. The new detections were achieved by calculating the [S II]/Hα flux ratio, where all sources with [S II]/Hα > 0.4 were considered as candidate SNRs. Furthermore, we use the derived properties of the newly detected candidate SNRs ([S II]/Hα ratios, Hα fluxes) to investigate how they are distributed according to their brightness and their behavior in different environments (irregulars vs spirals).