Chandra observation of the TeV source HESS J1834-087

Zdenka Misanovic, Oleg Kargaltsev, George G. Pavlov

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Chandra ACIS observed the field of the extended TeV source HESSJ1834-087 for 47 ks. A previous XMM-Newton EPIC observation of the same field revealed a point-like source (XMMU J183435.3-084443) and an offset region of faint extended emission. In the low-resolution, binned EPIC images the two appear to be connected. However, the high-resolution Chandra ACIS images do not support the alleged connection. In these images, XMMU J183435.3-084443 is resolved into a point source, CXOUJ183434.9-084443 (L 0.5-8 keV ≃ 2.3 × 1033 erg s-1, for a distance of 4 kpc; photon index Γ ≃ 1.1), and a compact (≲ 20″) nebula with an isotropic morphology and a softer spectrum (L 0.5-8 keV ≃ 4.1 × 1033 erg s-1, Γ ≃ 2.7). The nature of the nebula is uncertain. We discuss a dust scattering halo and a pulsar-wind nebula as possible interpretations. Based on our analysis of the X-ray data, we re-evaluate the previously suggested interpretations of HESSJ1834-087 and discuss a possible connection to the Fermi Large Area Telescope source 1FGL J1834.3-0842c. We also obtained an upper limit of 3 × 10-14erg cm-2s-1 on the unabsorbed flux of the SGRJ1833-0832 (in quiescence), which happened to be in the ACIS field of view.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number33
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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