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Copyright by Royal Astronomical Society. 2013MNRAS.429..189L A multiwavelength study of supernova remnants in six nearby galaxies - II. New optically selected supernova remnants Leonidaki, I.; Boumis, P.; Zezas, A. Abstract. We present results from a study of optically emitting supernova remnants (SNRs) in six nearby galaxies (NGC 2403, 3077, 4214, 4395, 4449 and 5204) based on deep narrow-band Halpha and [S II] images as well as spectroscopic observations. The SNR classification was based on the detected sources that fulfil the well-established emission-line flux criterion of [S II]/Halpha > 0.4. This study revealed ~400 photometric SNRs down to a limiting Halpha flux of 10^-15^ erg s^-1^ cm^-2^. Spectroscopic observations confirmed the shock-excited nature of 56 out of the 96 sources with ([S II]/Halpha)_phot_ > 0.3 (our limit for an SNR classification) for which we obtained spectra. 11 more sources were spectroscopically identified as SNRs although their photometric [S II]/Halpha ratio was below 0.3. We discuss the properties of the optically detected SNRs in our sample for different types of galaxies and hence different environments, in order to address their connection with the surrounding interstellar medium. We find that there is a difference in [N II]/Halpha line ratios of the SNR populations between different types of galaxies which indicates that this happens due to metallicity. We cross-correlate parameters of the optically detected SNRs ([S II]/Halpha ratio, luminosity) with parameters of coincident X- ray-emitting SNRs, resulted from our previous studies on the same sample of galaxies, in order to understand their evolution and investigate possible selection effects. We do not find a correlation between their Halpha and X-ray luminosities, which we attribute to the presence of material in a wide range of temperatures. We also find evidence for a linear relation between the number of luminous optical SNRs (10^37^ erg s^-1^) and star formation rate in our sample of galaxies. Key words: ISM: supernova remnants, galaxies: star formation
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