Sun Xiaohui1; Wolfgang Reich2
Source Publicationresearchinastronomyandastrophysics
AbstractRecently, Sun et al. published new Galactic 3D-models of magnetic fields in the disk and halo of the Milky Way and the distribution of cosmic-ray electron density by taking into account the thermal electron density model NE2001 by Cordes & Lazio. The models successfully reproduce observed continuum and polarization all-sky maps and the distribution of rotation measures of extragalactic sources across the sky. However, the model parameters obtained for the Galactic halo, although reproducing the observations, seem physically unreasonable: the magnetic field needs to be significantly stronger in the Galactic halo than in the plane and the cosmic-ray distribution must be truncated at about 1 kpc to avoid excessive synchrotron emission from the halo. The reason for these unrealistic parameters was the low scale-height of the warm thermal gas of about 1 kpc adopted in the NE2001 model. However, this scale- height seemed reasonable and was well studied by numerous investigations. Recently, the scale-height of the warm gas in the Galaxy was revised by Gaensler et al. to about 1.8 kpc, by showing that the 1 kpc scale-height results from a systematic bias in the analysis of pulsar data. This implies a higher thermal electron density in the Galactic halo, which in turn reduces the halo magnetic field strength to account for the observed rotation measures of extragalactic sources. We slightly modified the NE2001 model according to the new scale-height and revised the Sun et al. model parameters accordingly: the strength of the regular halo magnetic field is now 2 μG or lower, and the physically unrealistic cutoff in z for the cosmic-ray electron density is removed. The simulations based on the revised 3D-models reproduce all-sky observations as before.
Document Type期刊论文
2.Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie
First Author AffilicationNational Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Sun Xiaohui,Wolfgang Reich. thegalactichalomagneticfieldrevisited[J]. researchinastronomyandastrophysics,2010,000(012):1287.
APA Sun Xiaohui,&Wolfgang Reich.(2010).thegalactichalomagneticfieldrevisited.researchinastronomyandastrophysics,000(012),1287.
MLA Sun Xiaohui,et al."thegalactichalomagneticfieldrevisited".researchinastronomyandastrophysics 000.012(2010):1287.
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