[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We report ASCA results of a featureless X-ray spectrum from RX J1713.7-3946, a new shell-like SNR discovered with the ROSAT all sky survey. The northwest part of RX J1713.7-3946 was in the field of the ASCA Galactic Plane Survey Project and was found to exhibit a shell-like structure. The spectrum, however shows neither line emission nor any signature of a thermal origin. Instead, a power-law model with a photon index of 2.4-2.5 gives reasonable fit to the spectrum, suggesting a non-thermal origin. Together with the similarity to SN1006, we propose that RX J1713.7-3946 is the second example, after SN1006, of a synchrotron X-ray radiation from a shell of SNRs. Since the synchrotron X-rays suggest existence of extremely high energy charged particles in the SNR shell, our discovery should have strong impact on the origin of the cosmic X-rays.
Publications- Astronomical Society of Japan 05/1997; · 2.44 Impact Factor