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Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 62 (2010) 1127-1134
Modeling the Gamma-Ray Emission Produced by Runaway Cosmic Rays in the Environment of RX J1713.7-3946
S. Casanova1, D.I. Jones1, F.A. Aharonian1, 2, Y. Fukui3, S. Gabici2, 4, A. Kawamura3, T. Onishi3, G. Rowell5, H. Sano3, K. Torii3, H. Yamamoto3

Diffusive shock acceleration in supernova remnants is the most widely invoked paradigm to explain the Galactic cosmic ray spectrum. Cosmic rays escaping from supernova remnants diffuse into the interstellar medium and collide with the ambient atomic and molecular gas. From such collisions gamma-rays are created, which can possibly provide the first evidence of a parent population of runaway cosmic rays. We present model predictions for the GeV to TeV gamma-ray emission produced by the collisions of runaway cosmic rays with the gas in the surroundings of the shell-type supernova remnant RX J1713.7-3946. The spectral and spatial distributions of the emission, which depend upon the source age, the source injection history, the diffusion regime, and the distribution of the ambient gas, as mapped by the LAB and NANTEN surveys, are studied in detail. For the surrounding region of RX J1713-3946 in particular, we find out that it depends on the energy band one is observing whether one may observe startlingly different spectra or may not detect any enhanced emission with respect to the diffuse emission contributed by background cosmic rays. This result has important implications for current and future gamma-ray experiments.
1 :  Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysyk
2 :  Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
3 :  Department of Astrophysics
4 :  APC - UMR 7164 - AstroParticule et Cosmologie
5 :  School of Chemistry and Physics
Physique/Physique des Hautes Energies - Phénoménologie
gamma rays: theory – ISM: clouds – ISM: cosmic rays – ISM: supernova remnants
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