Query : 2009A&A...495..819R

2009A&A...495..819R - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 495, 819-826 (2009/3-1)

The Milky way's external disc constrained by 2MASS star counts.


Abstract (from CDS):

Thanks to recent large-scale surveys in the near infrared, such as 2MASS, the galactic plane that most suffers from extinction is revealed so its overall structure can be studied. This work aims at constraining the structure of the Milky Way external disc as seen in 2MASS data, and in particular the warp. We use the Two Micron All Sky Survey (hereafter 2MASS) along with the Stellar Population Synthesis Model of the Galaxy, developed in Besancon, to constrain the external disc parameters, such as its scale length, its cutoff radius, and the slope of the warp. To properly interpret the observations, the simulated stars are reddened using a 3D extinction map. The shape of the stellar warp is then compared with previous results and with similar structures in gas and dust. We find new constraints on the stellar disc, which is shown to be asymmetrical, similar to observations of HI. The positive longitude side is found to be easily modelled with S-shaped warp but with a significantly smaller slope than the one seen in the HI warp. At negative longitudes, the disc presents peculiarities that are not reproduced well by any simple model. Finally, comparing with the warp seen in the dust, it seems to follow an intermediate slope between the gas and the stars.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: disk - galaxie: structure - surveys

Simbad objects: 5

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Number of rows : 5
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 NAME Magellanic Clouds GrG 03 00 -71.0           ~ 6825 1
2 NAME Galactic Center reg 17 45 39.60213 -29 00 22.0000           ~ 13894 0
3 NAME SDG G 18 55 03.1 -30 28 42   4.5 3.6     ~ 2118 2
4 NAME Norma-Cygnus Arm reg ~ ~           ~ 77 0
5 NAME Galactic Bulge reg ~ ~           ~ 4165 0

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