A Deep X-Ray View of the Synchrotron-dominated Supernova Remnant G330.2+1.0
We present moderately deep (125 ks) XMM-Newton observations of supernova remnant G330.2+1.0. This remnant is one of only a few known that fall into the "synchrotron-dominated" category, with the emission almost entirely dominated by a nonthermal continuum. Previous X-ray observations could only characterize the spectra of a few regions. Here, we examine the spectra from 14 regions surrounding the entire rim, finding that the spectral properties of the nonthermal emission do not vary significantly in any systematic way from one part of the forward shock to another, unlike several other remnants of this class. We confirm earlier findings that the power-law index, Γ, ranges from about 2.1-2.5, while the absorbing column density is generally between (2.0-2.6) × 1022 cm-2. Fits with the srcut model find values of the roll-off frequency in the range of 1017.1-1017.5 Hz, implying energies of accelerated electrons of ∼100 TeV. These values imply a high shock velocity of ∼4600 km s-1, favoring a young age of the remnant. Diffuse emission from the interior is nonthermal in origin as well, and fits to these regions yield similar values to those along the rim, also implying a young age. Thermal emission is present in the east, and the spectrum is consistent with a ∼650 km s-1 shock wave encountering interstellar or circumstellar material with a density of ∼1 cm-3.
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Williams, Hewitt, J. W., Petre, R., & Temim, T. (2018). A Deep X-Ray View of the Synchrotron-dominated Supernova Remnant G330.2+1.0. The Astrophysical Journal, 855(2), 118–. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/aaadb6