Vortical Amplification of the Magnetic Field at an Inward Shock of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Planetary Sci
Univ Arizona, Dept Astron
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PublisherAMER PHYSICAL SOC
CitationFraschetti, F., Katsuda, S., Sato, T., Jokipii, J. R., & Giacalone, J. (2018). Vortical Amplification of the Magnetic Field at an Inward Shock of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A. Physical Review Letters, 120(25), 251101. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.251101
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AbstractWe present an interpretation of the time variability of the x-ray flux recently reported from a multiepoch campaign of 15 years of observations of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A by Chandra. We show for the first time quantitatively that the [4.2-6] keV nonthermal flux increase up to 50% traces the growth of the magnetic field due to a vortical amplification mechanism at a reflection inward shock colliding with inner overdensities. The fast synchrotron cooling as compared with shock-acceleration time scale qualitatively supports the flux decrease.
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SponsorsNASA [NNX15AJ71G]; Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Studies [40488100HH00181]; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science KAKENHI [16K17673, 17H02864]; Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers, MEXT, Japan; Special Postdoctoral Researchers Program in RIKEN