With the BeppoSAX satellite we have discovered X-ray emission from the central region of the supernova remnant G0.9+0.1 located close to the Galactic Center direction. The high interstellar absorption is consistent with a distance of the order of 10 kpc and, correspondingly, an X-ray luminosity of erg s-1.
Although we cannot completely rule out a thermal origin of the X-ray emission, its small angular extent (radius ), the good fit with a power-law, the presence of a flat spectrum radio core, and the estimated SNR age of a few thousand years, favour the interpretation in terms of synchrotron emission powered by a young, energetic pulsar.
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Online publication: March 3, 1998