Supernova Remnant Kes 17: An Efficient Cosmic Ray Accelerator inside a Molecular Cloud

Joseph Gelfand, Patrick Slane, John Hughes, Tea Temim, Daniel Castro, Cara Rakowski

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Abstract

Supernova remnant are believed to be the dominant source of cosmic rays protons below the "knee" in the energy spectrum. However, relatively few supernova remnants have been identified as efficient producers of cosmic ray protons. In this talk, I will present evidence that the production of cosmic ray protons is required to explain the broadband non-thermal spectrum of supernova remnant Kes 17 (SNR G304.6+0.1). Evidence for efficient cosmic ray acceleration in Kes 17 supports recent theoretical work concluding that the strong magnetic field, turbulence, and clumpy nature of molecular clouds enhance cosmic ray production in supernova remnants. While additional observations are needed to confirm this interpretation, further study of Kes 17 and similar sources are important for understanding how cosmic rays are accelerated in supernova remnants.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Journal40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly. Held 2-10 August 2014, in Moscow, Russia
Volume40
StatePublished - 2014

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