A deep chandra observation of kepler's supernova remnant: A type ia event with circumstellar interaction

Stephen P. Reynolds, Kazimierz J. Borkowski, Una Hwang, John Hughes, Carles Badenes, J. M. Laming, J. M. Blondin

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Abstract

We present initial results of a 750 ks Chandra observation of the remnant of Kepler's supernova of AD 1604. The strength and prominence of iron emission, together with the absence of O-rich ejecta, demonstrate that Kepler resulted from a thermonuclear supernova, even though evidence for circumstellar interaction is also strong. We have analyzed spectra of over 100 small regions, and find that they fall into three classes. (1) The vast majority show Fe L emission between 0.7 and 1 keV and Si and S Kα; emission; we associate these with shocked ejecta. A few of these are found at or beyond the mean blast wave radius. (2) A very few regions show solar O/Fe abundance ratios; these we associate with shocked circumstellar medium (CSM). Otherwise O is scarce. (3) A few regions are dominated by continuum, probably synchrotron radiation. Finally, we find no central point source, with a limit ∼ 100 times fainter than the central object in Cas A. The evidence that the blast wave is interacting with CSM may indicate a Ia explosion in a more massive progenitor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L135-L138
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume668
Issue number2 PART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

Keywords

  • Supernova remnants
  • Supernovae: general
  • X-rays: ISM

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