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SAS-2 gamma-ray results from the galactic plane and their implications for galactic structure and galactic cosmic-ray dynamics
Author and Affiliation:
Fichtel, C. E.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Kniffen, D. A.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Thompson, D. J.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Abstract: The final SAS-2 results related to high energy galactic gamma-ray emission show a strong correlation with galactic structural features seen at other wavelenghts, when the known gamma-ray sources are subtracted. Theoretical considerations and analysis of the gamma-ray data suggest that the galactic cosmic rays are dynamically coupled to the interstellar matter through the magnetic fields, and hence the cosmic ray density is enhanced where the matter density is greatest on the scale of the galactic arms. This concept has been explored in a galactic model that assumes: (1) cosmic rays are galactic and not universal; (2)on the scale of the galactic arms, the cosmic ray column (surface) density is proportional to the total interstellar gas column density; (3)the cosmic ray scale height is significantly larger than the scale height to the matter; and (4) ours is a spiral galaxy characterized by an arm to interarm density ratio of over 2:1.
Publication Date: Jul 01, 1977
Document ID:
19780003968
(Acquired Nov 18, 1995)
Accession Number: 78N11911
Subject Category: SPACE RADIATION
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: ESA Recent Advan. in Gamma-Ray Astronomy; p. p 95-104
Publisher Information: International Organization
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Description: 10p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: COSMIC RAYS; GALACTIC STRUCTURE; GAMMA RAYS; SAS-2; GALACTIC RADIATION; INTERSTELLAR MATTER
Imprint And Other Notes: In ESA Recent Advan. in Gamma-Ray Astronomy p 95-104 (SEE N78-11899 02-88)
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