Context. Recent developments on the study of mixed morphology supernova remnants (MMSNRs) have revealed thepresence of metal rich X-ray emitting plasma inside a fraction of these remnant, a feature not properly addressed bytraditional models for these objects.Aims. Radial profiles of thermodynamical and chemical parameters are needed for a fruitful comparison of data andmodel of MMSNRs, but these are available only in a few cases.Methods. We analyze XMM-Newton data of two MMSNRs, namely IC443 and G166.0+4.3, previously known to havesolar metal abundances, and we perform spatially resolved spectral analysis of the X-ray emission.Results. We detected enhanced abundances of Ne, Mg and Si in the hard X-ray bright peak in the north of IC443, andof S in the outer regions of G166.0+4.3. The metal abundances are not distributed uniformly in both remnants. Theevaporating clouds model and the radiative SNR model fail to reproduce consistently all the observational results.Conclusions. We suggest that further deep X-ray observations of MMSNRs may reveal more metal rich objects. Moredetailed models which include ISM-ejecta mixing are needed to explain the nature of this growing subclass of MMSNRs.
|Numero di pagine||7|
|Rivista||ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2009|
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