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The Wavelength Dependence of Interstellar Extinction from 1.25 to 8.0 μm Using GLIMPSE Data

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posted on 2023-05-16, 19:45 authored by Indebetouw, R, Mathis, JS, Babler, BL, Meade, MR, Watson, C, Whitney, BA, Wolff, MJ, Wolfire, MG, Cohen, M, Bania, TM, Benjamin, RA, Clemens, DP, John DickeyJohn Dickey, Jackson, JM, Kobulnicky, HA, Marston, AP, Mercer, EP, Stauffer, JR, Stolovy, SR, Churchwell, E
We determine and tabulate A [λ]/ A K, the wavelength dependence of interstellar extinction, in the Galactic plane for 1.25 μm ≤ λ ≤ 8.0 μm along two lines of sight: l = 42° and 284°. The first is a relatively quiescent and unremarkable region; the second contains the giant H II region RCW 49, as well as a "field" region unrelated to the cluster and nebulosity. Areas near these Galactic longitudes were imaged at J, H, and K bands by 2MASS and at 3-8 μm by Spitzer for the GLIMPSE Legacy program. We measure the mean values of the color excess ratios (A [λ] - A K)/(A J - A K) directly from the color distributions of observed stars. The extinction ratio between two of the filters, e.g., A J/A K, is required to calculate A [λ]/A K from those measured ratios. We use the apparent JHK magnitudes of giant stars along our two sight lines and fit the reddening as a function of magnitude (distance) to determine A Jkpc -1, A K kpc -1, and A J/A K. Our values of A [λ]/A K show a flattening across the 3-8 μm wavelength range, roughly consistent with the extinction measurements derived by Lutz and coworkers for the sight line toward the Galactic center.


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The Astrophysical Journal




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School of Natural Sciences


University of Chicago Press

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Chicago, USA

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