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Supernova remnants in clumpy media: particle propagation and gamma-ray emission


Aharonian,  F. A.
Division Prof. Dr. Werner Hofmann, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Celli, S., Morlino, G., Gabici, S., & Aharonian, F. A. (2019). Supernova remnants in clumpy media: particle propagation and gamma-ray emission. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 487(3), 3199-3213. doi:10.1093/mnras/stz1425.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-4ECA-1
Observations from the radio to the gamma-ray wavelengths indicate that supernova remnant (SNR) shocks are sites of effective particle acceleration. It has been proposed that the presence of dense clumps in the environment where supernovae explode might have a strong impact on the shape of the hadronic gamma-ray spectrum. Here we present a detailed numerical study of the penetration of relativistic protons into clumps that are engulfed by a SNR shock, taking into account the magneto-hydrodynamical properties of the background plasma. We show that the spectrum of protons inside clumps is much harder than that in the diffuse inter-clump medium, and we discuss the implications for the formation of the spectrum of hadronic gamma-rays, which no longer reflects the acceleration spectrum of protons, resulting substantially modified inside the clumps owing to propagation effects. For the Galactic SNR RX J1713.7 - 3946, we show that a hadronic scenario including dense clumps inside the remnant shell is able to reproduce the broadband gamma-ray spectrum from GeV to TeV energies. Moreover, we argue that small clumps crossed by the shock could provide a natural explanation for the non-thermal X-ray variability observed in some hotspots of RX J1713.7 - 3946. Finally, we discuss the delectability of gamma-ray emission from clumps with the upcoming Cherenkov Telescope Array, and the possible detection of the clumps themselves through molecular lines.