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An extended source of GeV gamma rays coincident with the supernova remnant HB 21

Ignasi Reichardt, Emma de Oña Wilhelmi, Javier Rico, Ruizhi Yang

(Submitted on 9 Jul 2012)
We analyse 3.5 years of public Fermi/LAT data around the position of the supernova remnant HB 21, where four point-like sources from the 2nd Fermi/LAT catalog are found. We detect an extended gamma-ray source coincident with the shell observed at radio wavelengths. The morphological modelling favours a uniform circle as best template for the observed emission. The spectral energy distribution is best described by a curved power law, with a maximum at $0.413\pm0.019$\,GeV. Dividing the circle in three regions coincident with previously identified shocked molecular clouds, we find indications that one of this regions has a softer spectrum. Combining this information with the morphology above 3\,GeV, we suggest that the gamma-ray emission from HB 21 can be understood as a combination of emission from the shell itself plus emission from shocked/illuminated molecular clouds.
Comments: 7 pages, 3 figures. Submitted to A&A
Subjects: High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE)
Cite as: arXiv:1207.2057v1 [astro-ph.HE]

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From: Ignasi Reichardt [view email]
[v1] Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:17:14 GMT (897kb)

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