8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 28 Supernova Remnants and the Interstellar Medium
Oral, Friday, September 10, 2004, 11:00am-12:30pm

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[28.01] X-ray Light on Nucleosynthesis and Shocks in Supernova Remnants

U. Hwang (NASA GSFC)

A new era in X-ray astronomy was launched by the Chandra and XMM-Newton observatories. Chandra's exquisite angular resolution in particular is essential to the study of the nucleosynthesis products and forward shocked gas in supernova remnants. In this review talk I will give a broad survey of the current status of such studies, highlighting in particular the ejecta in the Galactic remnant Cassiopeia A. The study of the ejecta give clues to the explosion mechanism and nucleosynthesis, and even relatively old remnants are revealing their ejecta to Chandra's scrutinizing eye in surprising ways. The next few years should bring many continuing advances in this exciting field.

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