Query : 2007A&A...465..825C

2007A&A...465..825C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 465, 825-838 (2007/4-3)

Tracing the long bar with red-clump giants.


Abstract (from CDS):

Over the last decade a series of results have lent support to the hypothesis of the existence of a long thin bar in the Milky Way with a half-length of 4.5kpc and a position angle of around 45°. This is apparently a very different structure from the triaxial bulge of the Galaxy. In this paper, we analyse the stellar distribution in the inner 4kpc of the Galaxy to see if there is clear evidence for two triaxial or barlike structures, or whether there is only one. By using the red-clump population as a tracer of the structure of the inner Galaxy we determine the apparent morphology of the inner Galaxy. Star counts from 2MASS are used to provide additional support for this analysis. We show that there are two very different large-scale triaxial structures coexisting in the inner Galaxy: a long thin stellar bar constrained to the Galactic plane (|b|<2°) with a position angle of 43.0deg±1.8deg, and a distinct triaxial bulge that extends to at least |b|≤7.5° with a position angle of 12.6deg±3.2deg. The scale height of the bar source distribution is around 100pc, whereas for the bulge the value of this parameter is five times larger.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: general - Galaxy: stellar content - Galaxy: structure - infrared: stars

Simbad objects: 4

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Number of rows : 4
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2024
1 M 31 AGN 00 42 44.330 +41 16 07.50 4.86 4.36 3.44     ~ 12474 1
2 NAME Galactic Center reg 17 45 39.60213 -29 00 22.0000           ~ 14046 0
3 NAME Galactic Bulge reg ~ ~           ~ 4208 0
4 NAME Scutum Spiral Arm PoG ~ ~           ~ 347 0

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