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Milky Way Kinematics. I. Measurements at the Subcentral Point of the Fourth Quadrant

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posted on 2023-05-16, 21:03 authored by McClure-Griffiths, NM, John DickeyJohn Dickey
We use atomic hydrogen (H I) data from the Southern Galactic Plane Survey to study the kinematics of the fourth quadrant of the Milky Way. By measuring the terminal velocity as a function of longitude throughout the fourth Galactic quadrant we have derived the most densely sampled rotation curve available for the Milky Way between 3 kpc ≤ R ≤ 8 kpc. We determine a new joint rotation curve fit for the first and fourth quadrants, which can be used for kinematic distances interior to the solar circle. From our data we place new limits on the peak-to-peak variation of streaming motions in the fourth quadrant to be ∼10 km s -1. We show that the shape of the average H I profile beyond the terminal velocity is consistent with gas of three velocity dispersions, a cold component with Δv = 6.3 km s -1, a warmer component with Δv = 12.3 km s _1, and a fast component with Δv = 25.9 km s _1. By examining the widths with Galactic radius we find that the narrowest two components show little variation with radius and their small-scale fluctuations track each other very well, suggesting that they share the same cloud-to-cloud motions. The width of the widest component is constant until R < 4 kpc, where it increases sharply. © 2007. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


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The Astrophysical Journal








School of Natural Sciences


University of Chicago Press

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Chicago, USA

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