Synchrotron radiation from cutoff electron distribution. XSPEC model.
The synchrotron spectrum from an exponentially cut off power law distribution of electrons in a homogeneous magnetic field. This spectrum is itself a power law, rolling off more slowly than exponential in photon energies. Though more realistic than a power law, it is highly oversimplified, but does give the maximally curved physically plausible spectrum and can be used to set limits on maximum accelerated-electron energies even in remnants whose X-rays are thermal. See Reynolds, S.P. and Keohane, J.W. 1999, ApJ, 525, 368 and Reynolds, S.P., 1998 ApJ 493, 357. Note that the radio spectral index and flux can be obtained from Green's Catalogue of Galactic Supernova Remnants.
This is an additive model component.
|1||alpha||radio spectral index|
|2||break||approximately the frequency at which the flux has dropped by a factor of 10 from a straight power law|
|3||norm||normalization, 1 GHz flux (Jy)|
This information is taken from the XSPEC User's Guide. Version 12.9.1n of the XSPEC models is supplied with CIAO 4.10.
For a list of known bugs and issues with the XSPEC models, please visit the XSPEC bugs page.
To check the X-Spec version used by Sherpa, use the get_xsversion routine from the xspec module:
sherpa> from sherpa.astro.xspec import get_xsversion sherpa> get_xsversion() '12.9.1n'
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