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The Signature of <sup>44</sup>Ti in Cassiopeia A Revealed by IBIS/ISGRI on INTEGRAL

The Signature of 44Ti in Cassiopeia A Revealed by IBIS/ISGRI on INTEGRAL

Publication date: 16 August 2006

Authors: Renaud, M. et al.

Journal: Astrophysical Journal
Volume: 647
Issue: 1
Page: L41-L44
Year: 2006

Copyright: American Astronomical Society

We report the detection of both the 67.9 and 78.4 keV 44Sc gamma-ray lines in Cassiopeia A with the INTEGRAL IBIS/ISGRI instrument. Besides the robustness provided by spectroimaging observations, the main improvements compared to previous measurements are a clear separation of the two 44Sc lines together with an improved significance of the detection of the hard X-ray continuum up to 100 keV. These allow us to refine the determination of the 44Ti yield and to constrain the nature of the nonthermal continuum emission. By combining COMPTEL, BeppoSAX PDS and ISGRI measurements, we find a line flux of (2.5+/-0.3)×10-5 cm-2s-1 leading to a synthesized 44Ti mass of 1.6+0.6-0.3×10-4 Msolar. This high value suggests that Cas A is peculiar in comparison to other young supernova remnants, from which so far no line emission from 44Ti decay has been unambiguously detected.

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