Astrophys. J., Suppl. Ser., 224, 7 (2016/May-0)
An outer arm in the second galactic quadrant: structure.
DU X., XU Y., YANG J., SUN Y., LI F., ZHANG S. and ZHOU X.
Abstract (from CDS):
The lack of arm tracers, especially remote tracers, is one of the most difficult problems preventing us from studying the structure of the Milky Way. Fortunately, with its high-sensitivity CO survey, the Milky Way Imaging Scroll Painting (MWISP) project offers such an opportunity. Since completing about one-third of its mission, an area of l=[100, 150]°, b=[-3, 5]° has nearly been covered. The Outer arm of the Milky Way first clearly revealed its shape in the second galactic quadrant in the form of molecular gas-this is the first time that the Outer arm has been reported in such a large-scale mapping of molecular gas. Using the 115 GHz 12CO(1-0) data of MWISP at the LSR velocity ≃[-100, -60] km/s and in the area mentioned above, we have detected 481 molecular clouds in total, and among them 332 (about 69%) are newly detected and 457 probably belong to the Outer arm. The total mass of the detected Outer arm clouds is ∼3.1 x 106 M☉. Assuming that the spiral arm is a logarithmic spiral, the pitch angle is fitted as ∼13.°1. Besides combining both the CO data from MWISP and the 21 cm H i data from the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey (CGPS), the gas distribution, warp, and thickness of the Outer arm are also studied.
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catalogs - Galaxy: structure - ISM: clouds - ISM: molecules
VizieR on-line data:
<Available at CDS (J/ApJS/224/7): table1.dat>
Table 1: MWISP GLLL.lll+BB.bbb N=481.
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