Fermi Large Area Telescope Detection of Gamma-Ray Emission from the Direction of Supernova iPTF14hls
Astrophysical Journal Letters
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The remnant of a supernova explosion is widely believed to be the acceleration site of high-energy cosmic-ray particles. The acceleration timescale is, however, typically very long. Here, we report the detection of a variable γ-ray source with the Fermi Large Area Telescope, which is positionally and temporally consistent with a peculiar supernova, iPTF14hls. A quasi-stellar object SDSS J092054.04+504251.5, which is probably a blazar candidate according to the infrared data, is found in the error circle of the γ-ray source. More data about the γ-ray source and SDSS J092054.04+504251.5 are needed to confirm their association. On the other hand, if the association between the γ-ray source and the supernova is confirmed, this would be the first time detecting high-energy γ-ray emission from a supernova, suggesting very fast particle acceleration by supernova explosions.
Gamma rays: Stars; Radiation Mechanisms: Non-thermal; Supernovae: Individual (iPTF14hls)
Fermi Large Area Telescope Detection of Gamma-Ray Emission from the Direction of Supernova iPTF14hls.
Astrophysical Journal Letters, 854(2),