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Type: Journal article
Title: Probing the origin of the unidentified TeV γ-ray source HESS J1702-420 via the surrounding interstellar medium
Other Titles: Probing the origin of the unidentified TeV gamma-ray source HESS J1702-420 via the surrounding interstellar medium
Author: Lau, J.C.
Rowell, G.
Voisin, F.
Blackwell, R.
Burton, M.G.
Braiding, C.
Wong, G.F.
Fukui, Y.
Casanova, S.
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2019; 483(3):3659-3672
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0035-8711
1365-2966
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J.C. Lau, G. Rowell, F. Voisin, R. Blackwell, M.G. Burton, C. Braiding, G.F. Wong, Y. Fukui, and S. Casanova
Abstract: The unidentified TeV γ-ray source HESS J1702–420 has no firm associations with any counterparts at other wavelengths. We present an analysis of the interstellar medium using results from the Mopra Southern Galactic Plane CO survey and archival H i data from the Southern Galactic Plane Survey. We find significant components of molecular and atomic gas overlapping the TeV γ-ray source at several velocities along the line of sight, with masses ∼10²–10⁴ M⊙ and densities up to ∼10³ cm⁻³. Potentially interesting and favourable morphological correspondences between the ISM and the TeV γ-ray emission were found, and in a hadronic scenario, we find that cosmic ray (CR) enhancement values of ∼100 times the local solar values are required to produce the TeV γ-rays. We investigate the separate scenarios in which HESS J1702–420 is powered by the nearby SNR G344.7−0.1, PSRJ1702−4128, and an unknown accelerator. No evidence in the ISM was found to link the SNR with the TeV source. While the morphology of the gas located at the dispersion distance of PSRJ1702−4128 (5.2 kpc, vLSR ∼ −70 km s−1) did not discount the possibility of a leptonic origin, the required energetics and the broad and hard TeV spectrum would likely disfavour such a scenario. Given the presence of potentially favourable ISM overlapping HESS J1702–420, we additionally speculate on the plausibility of scenarios involving undetected CR accelerators.
Keywords: gamma-rays: ISM; ISM: cosmic rays; ISM: clouds
Rights: © 2018 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society
DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty3326
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP120101585
http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LE160100094
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