A substructure inside spiral arms and a mirror image across the galactic meridian

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/821/1/53
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TypeArticle
Journal titleThe Astrophysical Journal
ISSN1538-4357
Volume821
Issue1
Article number53
Pages112
SubjectDisc galaxy; Galaxy formation; Galaxy: fundamental parameters; Galaxy structure; ISM kinematics and dynamics
AbstractThough the galactic density wave theory is over 50 years old and is well known in science, it has been difficult to say whether it fits our own Milky Way disk. Here we show a substructure inside the spiral arms. This substructure is reversing with respect to the Galactic Meridian (longitude zero), and crosscuts of the arms at negative longitudes appear as mirror images of crosscuts of the arms at positive longitudes. Four lanes are delineated: a mid-arm (extended ¹²CO gas at the mid-arm, H i atoms), an in-between offset by about 100 pc (synchrotron, radio recombination lines), an in-between offset by about 200 pc (masers, colder dust), and an inner edge (hotter dust seen in mid-IR and near-IR).
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Science Infrastructure; National Research Council Canada
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