Comparison of the expected and observed supernova remnant counts with Fermi/LAT
1 Max-Planck-Institut für Physik, Föhringer Ring 6, 80805 München, Germany
2 Department of Astronomy, University of Geneva, Ch. d'Ecogia 16, 1290 Versoix, Switzerland
Published online: 8 December 2015
SNRs are commonly believed to be the accelerators of the galactic cosmic rays – mainly protons – and are expected to produce γ-rays through the inelastic proton-proton collisions. Fermi/LAT was expected to detect many of those, but only a dozen is listed in the recent Fermi/LAT 2nd Source catalogue. To test whether the observed number of SNRs is in agreement with the above assumption, we use a simplified model of an SNR and calculate the predicted amount of the observable remnants taking into account their distribution in the Galaxy and the sensitivity of Fermi/LAT. We find that the observed number of SNRs agrees with the prediction of our model if we assume a low, ≪ 1 cm−3, number density of the SNR's ambient medium. The result, presented here, suggests, that on average the supernova explosions happen in the under-dense regions, such as bubbles, creating by the winds of the progenitor stars. Under this natural supposition our result finds an agreement with the assumption, that the observed population of supernovae remnants is indeed responsible for the production of the galactic cosmic rays.
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