The SNR Puppis A Revisited with Seven Years of Fermi Large Area Telescope Observations [HEAP]

Puppis A is a very famous and extensively studied supernova remnant (SNR) that shows strong evidence of shock-cloud interaction. We re-analyze the GeV $\gamma$-ray emission of it using seven years Pass 8 data recorded by the Fermi Large Area Telescope (Fermi-LAT). The morphology of the $\gamma$-ray emission is more compatible with that of the thermal X-ray and IR emissions than the radio image, which suggests a possible correlation between the gamma-ray emitting region and dense clouds. The $\gamma$-ray spectrum in the energy range of 1-500 GeV shows a break at $7.92\pm1.91$ GeV with the photon indices of $1.81\pm0.08$ below the break and $2.53\pm0.12$ above the break, which can naturally explain the lack of TeV $\gamma$-ray emission from Puppis A. The multi-wavelength observations favor a hadronic origin for the $\gamma$-ray emission.

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Y. Xin, X. Guo, N. Liao, et. al.
Tue, 14 Mar 17

Comments: 9 pages, 3 figures, 4 tables, submitted to ApJ, comments are welcome