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Type: Journal article
Title: Interstellar gas towards the TeV γ-ray sources HESS J1640−465 and HESS J1641−463
Other Titles: Interstellar gas towards the TeV gamma-ray sources HESS J1640-465 and HESS J1641-463
Author: Lau, J.
Rowell, G.
Burton, M.
Fukui, Y.
Aharonian, F.
Oya, I.
Vink, J.
Ohm, S.
Casanova, S.
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2017; 464(3):3757-3774
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0035-8711
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J. C. Lau, G. Rowell, M. G. Burton, Y. Fukui, F. A. Aharonian, I. Oya, J. Vink, S. Ohm and S. Casanova
Abstract: We present a detailed analysis of the interstellar medium towards the tera electron volt (TeV) γ-ray sources HESS J1640−465 and HESS J1641−463 using results from the Mopra Southern Galactic Plane CO Survey and from a Mopra 7 mm-wavelength study. The γ-ray sources are positionally coincident with two supernova remnants (SNRs) G338.3−0.0 and G338.5+0.1, respectively. A bright complex of H ii regions connect the two SNRs and TeV objects. Observations in the CO(1–0) transition lines reveal substantial amounts of diffuse gas positionally coincident with the γ-ray sources at multiple velocities along the line of sight, while 7 mm observations in CS, SiO, HC3N and CH3OH transition lines reveal regions of dense, shocked gas. Archival H i data from the Southern Galactic Plane Survey was used to account for the diffuse atomic gas. Physical parameters of the gas towards the TeV sources were calculated from the data. We find that for a hadronic origin for the γ-ray emission, the cosmic ray enhancement rates are ∼103 and 102 times the local solar value for HESS J1640−465 and HESS J1641−463, respectively.
Keywords: molecular data; supernovae: individual: SNR G338.3−0.0; supernovae: individual: SNR G338.5+0.1; ISM: clouds; cosmic rays; gamma-rays: ISM
Rights: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw2692
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