A Far-ultraviolet Fluorescent Molecular Hydrogen Emission Map of the Milky Way Galaxy

We present the far-ultraviolet (FUV) fluorescent molecular hydrogen (H-2) emission map of the Milky Way Galaxy obtained with FIMS/SPEAR covering similar to 76% of the sky. The extinction-corrected intensity of the fluorescent H-2 emission has a strong linear correlation with the well-known tracers of the cold interstellar medium (ISM), including color excess E(B-V), neutral hydrogen column density N(H I), and H alpha emission. The all-sky H-2 column density map was also obtained using a simple photodissociation region model and interstellar radiation fields derived from UV star catalogs. We estimated the fraction of H-2 (f(H2)) and the gas-to-dust ratio (GDR) of the diffuse ISM. The f(H2) gradually increases from <1% at optically thin regions where E(B-V) <0.1 to similar to 50% for E (B-V) = 3. The estimated GDR is similar to 5.1 x 10(21) atoms cm(-2) mag(-1), in agreement with the standard value of 5.8 x 10(21) atoms cm(-2) mag(-1).
Publisher
IOP PUBLISHING LTD
Issue Date
2017-08
Language
English
Keywords

SPECTROSCOPIC-EXPLORER; H-I; 3-DIMENSIONAL DISTRIBUTION; INTERSTELLAR CLOUDS; PHYSICAL CONDITIONS; EXTINCTION; DUST; GAS; ABUNDANCES; RADIATION

Citation

ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL SUPPLEMENT SERIES, v.231, no.2

ISSN
0067-0049
DOI
10.3847/1538-4365/aa8091
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/225608
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PH-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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