HEAO 1 measurements of the galactic ridge

D. M. Worrall, F. E. Marshall, E. A. Boldt, J. H. Swank

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The HEAO A2 experiment data was systematically searched for unresolved galactic disc emission. Although there were suggestions of non-uniformities in the emission, the data were consistent with a disc of half-thickness 241 + 22 pc and surface emissivity (2-10 keV) at galactic radius R(kpc) of 2.2 10 to the minus 7th power exp(-R/3.5) erg/sq cm to the (-2)power/s (R 7.8 kpc). giving a luminosity of approximately 4.4 10 to the 37th power erg S to the (-1) power. If the model is extrapolated to radii less than 7.8 kpc, the unresolved disc emission is approximately 1.4 10 to the 38th power erg S to the (-1) power (2-10 keV) i.e., a few percent of the luminosity of the galaxy in resolved sources. the disc emission has a spectrum which is significantly softer than that of the high galactic latitude diffuse X-ray background and it is most probably of discrete source origin.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages38
Specialist publicationNASA Technical Memoranda
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1981


  • Absorption Spectra
  • Astronomical Models
  • Compton Effect
  • Emission Spectra
  • Galactic Radiation
  • Galactic Structure
  • Heao 2
  • X Ray Sources
  • Astrophysics
  • Bremsstrahlung
  • Gamma Rays
  • Hydrogen
  • Intergalactic Media
  • Luminosity
  • Mathematical Models
  • Radiant Flux Density
  • Synchrotron Radiation


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