The discovery of a molecular cavity in the norma near arm associated with H.E.S.S ?-ray source located in the direction of Westerlund 1
We report on the discovery of a molecular cavity in the Norma near arm in the general direction of Westerlund 1 (Wd1), but not associated with it. The cavity has a mean radial velocity of -91.5kms-1, which differs by as much as ? 40kms-1 from the mean radial velocity of the Wd1 stars. The cavity is surrounded by a fragmented molecular shell of an outer diameter of about 100pc and 106 M ?·, which is expanding at velocities of 6 to 8kms-1. The amount of kinetic energy involved in the expanding shell is 1051 erg. Inside this cavity, the atomic H I gas surface density is also the lowest. Structure of the extended Very High Energetic ?-ray emission, recently reported by the H.E.S.S. collaboration, coincides with the cavity. The observed morphology suggests that the inner wall of the molecular shell is the zone of the ?-ray emission, and not the dense gas surrounding massive stars of Wd1 as had been speculated by the H.E.S.S. collaboration. A likely candidate responsible for creating the observed cavity and the ?-ray emission is the pulsar PSR J1648 - 4611. © 2010. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
|Título de la Revista:||ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS|
|Número:||1 PART 2|
|Editorial:||IOP PUBLISHING LTD|
|Fecha de publicación:||2010|