The all-sky Planck survey in 9 frequency bands was used to search for emission from all 274 known Galactic supernova remnants. Of these, 16 were detected in at least two Planck frequencies. The radio-through-microwave spectral energy distributions were compiled to determine the mechanism for microwave emission. In only one case, IC 443, is there high-frequency emission clearly from dust associated with the supernova remnant. In all cases, the low-frequency emission is from synchrotron radiation. As predicted for a population of relativistic particles with energy distribution that extends continuously to high energies, a single power law is evident for many sources, including the Crab and PKS 1209-51/52. A decrease in flux density relative to the extrapolation of radio emission is evident in several sources. Their spectral energy distributions can be approximated as broken power laws, Sv proportional to v-α, with the spectral index, α, increasing by 0.5-1 above a break frequency in the range 10-60 GHz. The break could be due to synchrotron losses.
- ISM: supernova remnants
- Radio continuum: ISM
- Supernova Remnants: Individual: G21.5-0.9, W 44, CTB 80, Cygnus Loop, HB 21, Cas A, Tycho, 3C 58, Crab, IC 443, Puppis A, Vela, PKS 2109-51/52, RCW 86, MSH 15-5 6 , SN 1006