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|Title: ||Search for young galactic supernova remnants|
|Authors: ||Misanovic, Zdenka|
|Keywords: ||HII regions;supernova remnants;radio lines|
|Issue Date: ||2001|
|Publisher: ||University of Sydney. Physics|
|Abstract: ||A sample of 9 small-diameter radio sources has been selected from the Molonglo Galactic Plane Survey (MGPS) and observed with the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) in the radio recombination line (RRL) at 5 GHz, in a search for young Galactic SNRs. Since the RRL emission is an unambiguous indicator of a thermal source, this method has been used to eliminate HII regions from the selected sample. In addition, the IRAS and MSX infrared data and spectral index measurements have been combined with the RRL studies to distinguish thermal and non-thermal sources in the selected sample. One source (G282.8-1.2) is identified here as a possible new young Galactic supernova remnant, based on its relatively weak infrared emission, steep radio spectrum and possible x-ray emission. However, the ATCA data are inconclusive and further studies are needed to confirm this result. Radio recombination line emission (H107 alpha) has been detected in 3 of the selected sources, eliminating them from the sample of SNR candidates. In addition, the parameters of the RRL emission from the identified HII regions have been used to estimate their properties. The RRL data are inconclusive for the remaining low brightness, extended sources in the sample. However, some of these sources are likely to be thermal HII regions according to the infrared and spectral index data. The selected method for distinguishing thermal and non-thermal Galactic radio sources seems promising. The selected ATCA configuration was appropriate for imaging relatively bright, compact sources, but a slightly modified observing technique is needed to successfully image low surface brightness, extended sources.|
|Rights and Permissions: ||Copyright Misanovic, Zdenka;http://www.library.usyd.edu.au/copyright.html|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access)|
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