Friday, July 26, 2013

1307.6571 (T. J. Brandt et al.)

The 1st Fermi LAT SNR Catalog: Constraining the Cosmic Ray Contribution    [PDF]

T. J. Brandt, F. Acero, F. de Palma, J. W. Hewitt, M. Renaud, for the Fermi LAT Collaboration
Despite tantalizing evidence that supernova remnants (SNRs) are the source of Galactic cosmic rays (CRs), including the recent detection of a spectral signature of hadronic gamma-ray emission from two SNRs, their origin in aggregate remains elusive. We address the long-standing question of Galactic CR nuclei origins using our statistically significant GeV SNR sample to estimate the contribution of SNRs to directly observed CRs. Interactions between CRs and ambient gas near the SNRs emit photons via pion decay at GeV energies, providing an in situ tracer for CRs otherwise measured directly with balloon-borne and satellite experiments near the Earth. To date, the Fermi LAT SNR Catalog has detected more than 50 SNRs and potential associations in classes with a variety of properties, yet all remain possible accelerators. We investigate the GeV and multiwavelength (MW) emission from SNRs to constrain their maximal contribution to observed Galactic CRs. Our work demonstrates the need for improvements to previously sufficient simple models describing the GeV and MW emission from these objects.
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