A dark cloud associated with an unidentified EGRET source

Tomoharu Oka, Nobuyuki Kawai, Tsuguya Naito, Takahiko Horiuchi, Masaaki Namiki, Yoshitaka Saito, Roger W. Romani, Tadashi Kifune

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CO J = 1-0 mapping observations of the dark nebula Lynds 227, which is possibly associated with the unidentified EGRET source 2EG J1811-2339, are presented. We detected a large amount of molecular gas along Lynds 227 with a total mass of (1-2) × 104 M surrounding an X-ray synchrotron nebula, which was detected by the ASCA within the error circle of 2EG J1811-2339. Molecular gas along Lynds 227 shows spatial anticorrelation with the X-ray synchrotron nebula, suggesting that the synchrotron nebula is interacting with the Lynds 227 cloud. We propose a γ-ray emission mechanism for 2EG J1811-2339: high-energy electrons are injected from a rotation-powered pulsar and further accelerated in shock waves generated by the interaction with ambient matter. The high-energy electrons move into the molecular cloud at the Lynds 227 and collide with dense interstellar matter to yield high-energy γ-ray photons, mainly through relativistic bremsstrahlung.

ジャーナルAstrophysical Journal
2 PART 1
出版ステータスPublished - 1999 12月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 天文学と天体物理学
  • 宇宙惑星科学


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