Optical discovery and multiwavelength investigation of supernova remnant MCSNR J0512-6707 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Warren A. Reid*, Milorad Stupar, Luke M. Bozzetto, Q. A. Parker, M. D. Filipovic

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    Abstract

    We present optical, radio and X-ray data that confirm a new supernova remnant (SNR) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) discovered using our deep Hα imagery. Optically, the new SNR has a somewhat filamentary morphology and a diameter of 56 × 64 arcsec (13.5 × 15.5 pc at the 49.9 kpc distance of the LMC). Spectroscopic follow-up of multiple regions show high [S II]/Hα emission-line ratios ranging from 0.66±0.02 to 0.93±0.01, all of which are typical of an SNR. We found radio counterparts for this object using our new Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) 6 cm pointed observations as well as a number of available radio surveys at 8 640 MHz, 4 850 MHz, 1 377 MHz and 843 MHz. With these combined data we provide a spectral index α≈-.5 between 843 and 8 640 MHz. Both spectral line analysis and the magnetic field strength, ranging from 124 - 184 μG, suggest a dynamical age between ~2,200 and ~4,700 yrs. The SNR has a previously catalogued X-ray counterpart listed as HP483 in the ROSAT Position Sensitive Proportional Counter (PSPC) catalogue.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)991-999
    Number of pages9
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Volume454
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2015

    Keywords

    • ISM: individual objects: MCSNRJ0512-6707
    • Magellanic Clouds
    • RP1577
    • Supernova remnants
    • Surveys

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