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Study of the GeV to TeV morphology of the gamma-Cygni SNR (G78.2+2.1) with MAGIC and Fermi-LAT

MAGIC collaboration, Acciari et al.


Astron. & Astroph. 670, A8, February 2023 (Submitted 2020/10/29)

External urlhttps://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/202038748


Context. Diffusive shock acceleration (DSA) is the most promising mechanism to accelerate Galactic cosmic rays (CRs) in the shocks of supernova remnants (SNRs). The turbulence upstream is supposedly generated by the CRs, but this process is not well understood. The dominant mechanism may depend on the evolutionary state of the shock and can be studied via the CRs escaping upstream into the interstellar medium (ISM). Aims. Previous observations of the $\gamma$-Cygni SNR showed a difference in morphology between GeV and TeV energies. Since this SNR has the right age and is at the evolutionary stage for a significant fraction of CRs to escape, we aim to understand $\gamma$-ray emission in the vicinity of the $\gamma$-Cygni SNR. Methods. We observed the region of the $\gamma$-Cygni SNR with the MAGIC Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes between May 2015 and September 2017 recording 87 h of good-quality data. Additionally we analysed Fermi-LAT data to study the energy dependence of the morphology as well as the energy spectrum in the GeV to TeV range. The energy spectra and morphology were compared against theoretical predictions, which include a detailed derivation of the CR escape process and their $\gamma$-ray generation. Results. The MAGIC and Fermi-LAT data allowed us to identify three emission regions, which can be associated with the SNR and dominate at different energies. Our hadronic emission model accounts well for the morphology and energy spectrum of all source components. It constrains the time-dependence of the maximum energy of the CRs at the shock, the time-dependence of the level of turbulence, and the diffusion coefficient immediately outside the SNR shock. While in agreement with the standard picture of DSA, the time-dependence of the maximum energy was found to be steeper than predicted and the level of turbulence was found to change over the lifetime of the SNR.