SIMBAD references

2016ApJ...822...21H - Astrophys. J., 822, 21-21 (2016/May-1)

The rotation of the hot gas around the Milky Way.


Abstract (from CDS):

The hot gaseous halos of galaxies likely contain a large amount of mass and are an integral part of galaxy formation and evolution. The Milky Way has a 2×{10}^{6} K halo that is detected in emission and by absorption in the O vii resonance line against bright background active galactic nuclei (AGNs), and for which the best current model is an extended spherical distribution. Using XMM-Newton Reflection Grating Spectrometer data, we measure the Doppler shifts of the O vii absorption-line centroids toward an ensemble of AGNs. These Doppler shifts constrain the dynamics of the hot halo, ruling out a stationary halo at about 3σand a co-rotating halo at 2σ, and leading to a best-fit rotational velocity of v_φ=183±41 km s-1 for an extended halo model. These results suggest that the hot gas rotates and that it contains an amount of angular momentum comparable to that in the stellar disk. We examined the possibility of a model with a kinematically distinct disk and spherical halo. To be consistent with the emission-line X-ray data, the disk must contribute less than 10% of the column density, implying that the Doppler shifts probe motion in the extended hot halo.

Abstract Copyright: © 2016. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: halo - Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics - Galaxy: structure

Simbad objects: 46

goto Full paper

goto View the reference in ADS

To bookmark this query, right click on this link: simbad:2016ApJ...822...21H and select 'bookmark this link' or equivalent in the popup menu


© Université de Strasbourg/CNRS

    • Contact