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Milky way kinematics. II. A uniform inner galaxy H I terminal velocity curve


McClure-Griffiths, NM and Dickey, JM, Milky way kinematics. II. A uniform inner galaxy H I terminal velocity curve, The Astrophysical Journal, 831, (2) Article 124. ISSN 0004-637X (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3847/0004-637X/831/2/124


Using atomic hydrogen (H I) data from the VLA Galactic Plane Survey, we measure the H I terminal velocity as a function of longitude for the first quadrant of the Milky Way. We use these data, together with our previous work on the fourth Galactic quadrant, to produce a densely sampled, uniformly measured, rotation curve of the northern and southern Milky Way between 3 kpc < R < 8 kpc. We determine a new joint rotation curve fit for the first and fourth quadrants, which is consistent with the fit we published in McClure-Griffiths & Dickey and can be used for estimating kinematic distances interior to the solar circle. Structure in the rotation curves is now exquisitely well defined, showing significant velocity structure on lengths of ∼200 pc, which is much greater than the spatial resolution of the rotation curve. Furthermore, the shape of the rotation curves for the first and fourth quadrants, even after subtraction of a circular rotation fit shows a surprising degree of correlation with a roughly sinusoidal pattern between 4.2 < R < 7 kpc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics, ISM: kinematics and dynamics, radio lines: ISM
Research Division:Physical Sciences
Research Group:Astronomical sciences
Research Field:Galactic astronomy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the physical sciences
UTAS Author:Dickey, JM (Professor John Dickey)
ID Code:113203
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP110104101)
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Mathematics and Physics
Deposited On:2016-12-15
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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