Nature, Origin, and Evolution of the Hot Gas: Interstellar?

  • Christopher F. McKee
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 70)


Supernova explosions in a cloudy interstellar medium produce large volumes of hot gas with typical density 3 × 10−3 cm−3 and temperature 5 × 105 K. The evolution of supernova remnants in such a medium differs significantly from the conventional picture due to evaporation of cool clouds by the hot gas inside the remnant. A steady state model of the resulting three-component medium is in reasonable agreement with observations of the interstellar pressure, the OVI density, and the diffuse soft X-ray emission.


Filling Factor Blast Wave Column Density Supernova Remnant Steady State Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher F. McKee
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  1. 1.Departments of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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