Chandra X-ray study of Galactic supernova remnant G299.2-2.9

Park Sangwook, Patrick O. Slane, John P. Hughes, Koji Mori, David N. Burrows, Gordon P. Garmire

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We report on observations of the Galactic supernova remnant (SNR) G299.2-2.9 with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The high-resolution images with Chandra resolve the X-ray-bright knots, shell, and diffuse emission extending beyond the bright shell. Interior to the X-ray shell is faint diffuse emission occupying the central regions of the SNR. Spatially resolved spectroscopy indicates a large foreground absorption (NH ∼ 3.5 × 10 21 cm-2), which supports a relatively distant location (d ∼ 5 kpc) for the SNR. The blast wave is encountering a highly inhomogeneous ambient medium with the densities ranging over more than an order of magnitude (n0 ∼ 0.1-4 cm-3). Assuming the distance of d ∼ 5 kpc, we derive a Sedov age of τ ∼ 4500 yr and an explosion energy of E0 ∼ 1.6 × 1050 ergs. The ambient density structure and the overall morphology suggest that G299.2-2.9 may be a limb-brightened partial shell extending to ∼7 pc radius surrounded by fainter emission extending beyond that to a radius of ∼9 pc. This suggests the SNR exploded in a region of space where there is a density gradient whose direction lies roughly along the line of sight. The faint central region shows strong line emission from heavy elements of Si and Fe, which is caused by the presence of the overabundant stellar ejecta there. We find no evidence for stellar ejecta enriched in light elements of O and Ne. The observed abundance structure of the metal-rich ejecta supports a Type Ia origin for G299.2-2.9.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1173-1181
Number of pages9
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 I
StatePublished - Aug 10 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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