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  Comparing simulated 26Al maps to gamma-ray measurements

Pleintinger, M. M. M., Siegert, T., Diehl, R., Fujimoto, Y., Greiner, J., Krause, M. G. H., et al. (2019). Comparing simulated 26Al maps to gamma-ray measurements. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 632: A73. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201935911.

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Pleintinger, Moritz M. M.1, Author              
Siegert, Thomas, Author
Diehl, Roland1, Author              
Fujimoto, Yusuke, Author
Greiner, Jochen1, Author              
Krause, Martin G. H., Author
Krumholz, Mark R., Author
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1High Energy Astrophysics, MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, Max Planck Society, ou_159890              

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 Abstract: Context. The diffuse gamma-ray emission of 26Al at 1.8 MeV reflects ongoing nucleosynthesis in the Milky Way and traces massive-star feedback in the interstellar medium due to its 1 Myr radioactive lifetime. The morphology and dynamics of the interstellar medium are investigated in astrophysics through 3D hydrodynamic simulations in fine detail as there are few suitable astronomical probes available. Aims. We aim to compare a galactic-scale hydrodynamic simulation of the Galaxy’s interstellar medium, including feedback and nucleosynthesis, with gamma-ray data on 26Al emission in the Milky Way, extracting constraints that are only weakly dependent on the particular realisation of the simulation or Galaxy structure. Methods. Due to constraints and biases in both the simulations and the gamma-ray observations, such comparisons are not straightforward. For a direct comparison, we performed maximum likelihood fits of both simulated sky maps and observation-based maximum entropy maps to measurements using INTEGRAL/SPI. In order to study general morphological properties, we compare the scale heights of 26Al emission produced by the simulation to INTEGRAL/SPI measurements. Results. The direct comparison shows that the simulation describes the observed inner Galaxy well, however it differs significantly from the observed full-sky emission morphology. Comparing the scale height distribution, we see similarities for small-scale height features and a mismatch at larger-scale heights. We attribute this to prominent foreground emission sites which are not captured by the simulation.

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 Dates: 2019-05-17
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201935911
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Title: Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Publ. Info: France : EDP Sciences S A
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 632 Sequence Number: A73 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1432-0746
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