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Published August 20, 2010 | Published
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AKARI and BLAST Observations of the Cassiopeia A Supernova Remnant and Surrounding Interstellar Medium


We use new large area far infrared maps ranging from 65 to 500 μm obtained with the AKARI and the Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope missions to characterize the dust emission toward the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant (SNR). Using the AKARI high-resolution data we find a new "tepid" dust grain population at a temperature of ~35 K and with an estimated mass of 0.06 M_☉. This component is confined to the central area of the SNR and may represent newly formed dust in the unshocked supernova ejecta. While the mass of tepid dust that we measure is insufficient by itself to account for the dust observed at high redshift, it does constitute an additional dust population to contribute to those previously reported. We fit our maps at 65, 90, 140, 250, 350, and 500 μm to obtain maps of the column density and temperature of "cold" dust (near 16 K) distributed throughout the region. The large column density of cold dust associated with clouds seen in molecular emission extends continuously from the surrounding interstellar medium to project on the SNR, where the foreground component of the clouds is also detectable through optical, X-ray, and molecular extinction. At the resolution available here, there is no morphological signature to isolate any cold dust associated only with the SNR from this confusing interstellar emission. Our fit also recovers the previously detected "hot" dust in the remnant, with characteristic temperature 100 K.

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© 2010 Received 2009 October 5; accepted 2010 April 20; published 2010 August 2. We acknowledge the support of NASA through grant numbers NAG5-12785, NAG5-13301, and NNGO-6GI11G, the NSF Office of Polar Programs, the Canadian Space Agency, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (R01- 2007-000-20336-0, F01-2007-000-10048-0). This work is also based on observations with AKARI, a JAXA project with the participation of ESA. Finally, we acknowledge M. Wright for the use of his 83 GHz radio map of Cas A.

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