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Paper: The Small Scale Structure of N103B: Nature or Nurture?
Volume: 262, The High Energy Universe at Sharp Focus: Chandra Science
Page: 323
Authors: Lewis, K. T.; Burrows, D. N.; Garmire, G. P.; Nousek, J. A.; Hughes, J. P.; Slane, P.
Abstract: We present new results from a 40.8 ks Chandra ACIS observation of the young supernova remnant (SNR) N103B located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The western half of the remnant is approximately three times brighter than the eastern half, confirming earlier X-ray observations. The high resolution Chandra image reveals structure at the sub-arcsecond level, including several bright knots and filaments. Narrow band imaging and spatially resolved spectroscopy reveal dramatic variations in the spectral characteristics within the remnant as well. We believe that these variations are intrinsic to the remnant as opposed to simple absorption effects by intervening gas. However, the presence of an H II region and nearby star cluster may influence the structure of the remnant. We explore whether these variations are the result of the explosion itself or interactions with the environment.
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