The dynamical and radiative evolution of clumpy supernova ejecta

M. C. Anderson, T. W. Jones, L. Rudnick, I. L. Tregillis, Hyesung Kang

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Abstract

Numerical simulations describing the dynamical and radiative evolution of clumpy supernova ejecta are compared with observations of optical and radio emission knots in SNR Cassiopeia A. Three major phases are identified in the evolution of clumpy ejecta: a bow-shock phase, an instability phase, and a dispersal phase. The phenomenological and radiative signatures of each phase are discussed and compared with multi-epoch measurements of small-scale features in Cas A. Good correspondence is found between theory and observations. Both support the premise that compact radio emission features are controlled more by magnetic field amplification triggered in the instability phase than by in situ acceleration of new relativistic particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L31-L34
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume421
Issue number1 PART 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 20 1994

Keywords

  • Acceleration of particles
  • Shock waves
  • Supernova remnants

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