The results of a master's thesis on the N63A supernova remnant have been accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

We perform extensive spectroscopy of the supernova remnant N63A in the Large Magellanic Cloud, using 43 ks Chandra archival data. By analysing the spectra of the entire remnant, we determine the abundance distributions for O, Ne, Mg, Si, and Fe. We detect evidence of enhanced O and possibly Ne and Mg in some of the central regions which might indicate an asymmetric distribution of the ejecta. The average O/Ne, O/Mg, and Ne/Mg abundance ratios of the ejecta are in plausible agreement with the nucleosynthesis products from the explosion of a 40 M progenitor. We estimate an upper limit on the Sedov age of 5,400±200 yr and explosion energy of 8.9±1.6×1051 erg for N63A. We discuss the implications of our results for the morphological structure of the remnant, its circumstellar medium and the nature of the progenitor star.