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A radiation transfer model for the Milky Way: I. Radiation fields and application to high-energy astrophysics
Popescu, C. C.1,2,3; Yang, R.3,4; Tuffs, R. J.3; Natale, G.1; Rushton, M.2; Aharonian, F.3,5
2017-09-01
Source PublicationMONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
ISSN0035-8711
Volume470Issue:3Pages:2539-2558
Corresponding AuthorPopescu, C. C.(cpopescu@uclan.ac.uk)
AbstractWe present a solution for the ultraviolet - submillimetre (submm) interstellar radiation fields (ISRFs) of the Milky Way (MW), derived from modelling COBE, IRAS and Planck maps of the all-sky emission in the near-, mid-, far-infrared and submm. The analysis uses the axisymmetric radiative transfer model that we have previously implemented to model the panchromatic spectral energy distributions (SEDs) of star-forming galaxies in the nearby universe, but with a new methodology allowing for optimization of the radial and vertical geometry of stellar emissivity and dust opacity, as deduced from the highly resolved emission seen from the vantage point of the Sun. As such, this is the first self-consistent model of the broad-band continuum emission from the MW. In this paper, we present model predictions for the spatially integrated SED of the MW as seen from the Sun, showing good agreement with the data, and give a detailed description of the solutions for the distribution of ISRFs, as well as their physical origin, throughout the volume of the galaxy. We explore how the spatial and spectral distributions of our new predictions for the ISRF in the MW affects the amplitude and spectral distributions of the gamma rays produced via inverse Compton scattering for cosmic ray (CR) electrons situated at different positions in the galaxy, as well as the attenuation of the gamma rays due to interactions of the gamma-ray photons with photons of the ISRF. We also compare and contrast our solutions for the ISRF with those incorporated in the GALPROP package used for modelling the high-energy emission from CR in the MW.
Keywordradiation mechanisms: non-thermal radiative transfer scattering cosmic rays dust, extinction gamma-rays: ISM
DOI10.1093/mnras/stx1282
WOS KeywordMASS ASSEMBLY GAMA ; FAR-INFRARED EMISSION ; SPIRAL GALAXIES ; STAR-FORMATION ; STELLAR MASS ; HIGH-RESOLUTION ; GALACTIC PLANE ; DISC GALAXIES ; RAY EMISSION ; DART-RAY
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS SubjectAstronomy & Astrophysics
WOS IDWOS:000406844800002
PublisherOXFORD UNIV PRESS
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://libir.pmo.ac.cn/handle/332002/22632
Collection中国科学院紫金山天文台
Corresponding AuthorPopescu, C. C.
Affiliation1.Univ Cent Lancashire, Jeremiah Horrocks Inst, Preston PR1 2HE, Lancs, England
2.Romanian Acad, Astron Inst, Str Cutitul Argint 5, Bucharest, Romania
3.Max Planck Inst Kernphys, Saupfercheckweg 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Purple Mt Observ, Key Lab Dark Matter & Space Astron, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
5.Dublin Inst Adv Studies, Sch Cosm Phys, 31 Fitzwilliam Pl, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Popescu, C. C.,Yang, R.,Tuffs, R. J.,et al. A radiation transfer model for the Milky Way: I. Radiation fields and application to high-energy astrophysics[J]. MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY,2017,470(3):2539-2558.
APA Popescu, C. C.,Yang, R.,Tuffs, R. J.,Natale, G.,Rushton, M.,&Aharonian, F..(2017).A radiation transfer model for the Milky Way: I. Radiation fields and application to high-energy astrophysics.MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY,470(3),2539-2558.
MLA Popescu, C. C.,et al."A radiation transfer model for the Milky Way: I. Radiation fields and application to high-energy astrophysics".MONTHLY NOTICES OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY 470.3(2017):2539-2558.
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