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HESS J1640-465-an exceptionally luminous TeV gamma-ray supernova remnant
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2014 (English)In: Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, ISSN 0035-8711, E-ISSN 1365-2966, Vol. 439, no 3, 2828-2836 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The results of follow-up observations of the TeV gamma-ray source HESS J1640-465 from 2004 to 2011 with the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) are reported in this work. The spectrum is well described by an exponential cut-off power law with photon index Gamma = 2.11 +/- 0.09(stat) +/- 0.10(sys), and a cut-off energy of E-2 = 6.0(-1.2)(+2.0) TeV. The TeV emission is significantly extended and overlaps with the northwestern part of the shell of the SNR G338.3-0.0. The new HESS results, a re-analysis of archival XMM-Newton data and multiwavelength observations suggest that a significant part of the gamma-ray emission from HESS J1640-465 originates in the supernova remnant shell. In a hadronic scenario, as suggested by the smooth connection of the GeV and TeV spectra, the product of total proton energy and mean target density could be as high as W(p)n(H) similar to 4 x 10(52)(d/10kpc)(2) erg cm(-3).

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2014. Vol. 439, no 3, 2828-2836 p.
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radiation mechanisms: non-thermal, ISM: individual objects: G338.3-0.0, ISM: supernova remnants
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104568DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stu139ISI: 000334114900046OAI: diva2:724403


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