The Vertical Structure, Ionization, and Kinematic Structure of Spiral Arm Outflows Inside and Outside the Solar Circle

Type Conference Paper
Names Martin Gostisha, R. A. Benjamin, L. M. Haffner, A. S. Hill, K. A. Barger
Proceedings Title Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Conference Name AAS Meeting #222, #313.01
Date June 1, 2013
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Abstract Velocity-resolved surveys of the Galactic plane with the Wisconsin H-alpha Mapper indicate a thick distribution of ~1 kpc for the ionized gas layer of the Galaxy, but also show that the emission is enhanced in the vicinity of spiral arms. We characterize the vertical scale-heights of the Perseus Arm and Scutum-Centaurus Arm as a function of azimuth and compare the structure of these arms in ionized gas (from WHAM) and neutral gas (from the Leiden-Argentina-Bonn survey). We then explore the hypothesis that these arms are the sources of correlated outflow from the Galactic disk and compare the observed velocity structure of the arms with different predictions for outflow kinematics.
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