The Shellless Supernova Remnant B0532-67.5 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Chuan Jui Li, You Hua Chu, Chen Yu Chuang, Guan Hong Li

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The supernova remnant (SNR) B0532-67.5 in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) was first diagnosed by its nonthermal radio emission, and its SNR nature was confirmed by the observation of diffuse X-ray emission; however, no optical SNR shell is detected. The OB association LH75, or NGC 2011, is projected within the boundary of this SNR. We have analyzed the massive star population in and around SNR B0532-67.5 using optical photometric data to construct color-magnitude diagrams, using stellar evolutionary tracks to estimate stellar masses, and using isochrones to assess the stellar ages. From these analyses, we find a 20-25 Myr population in LH75 and a younger population less than 10 Myr old to the southwest of LH75. The center of SNR B0532-67.5 is located closer to the core of LH75 than to the massive stars to its southwest. We conclude that the supernova progenitor was probably a member of LH75 with an initial mass of ∼15 M o˙. The supernova exploded in an H i cavity excavated by the energy feedback of LH75. The low density of the ambient medium prohibits the formation of a visible nebular shell. Despite the low density in the ambient medium, physical properties of the hot gas within the SNR interior do not differ from SNRs with a visible shell by more than a factor of 2-3. The large-scale H i map shows that SNR B0532-67.5 is projected in a cavity that appears to be connected with the much larger cavity of the supergiant shell LMC-4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number30
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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