AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 65. Interstellar Dust and Gas
Display, Friday, January 8, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall 1

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[65.10] Towards an Understanding of the Galactic Distribution of Electron-Density Fluctuations

J. F. Salgado (University of Michigan), C. J. Salter, T. Ghosh (Arecibo Observatory, NAIC), W. Junor (Institute for Astrophysics, UNM), P. K. Manoharan (Radio Astronomy Centre, TIFR)

Using multi-frequency VLBA and MERLIN observations of 32 compact radio sources within 30\circ \leq l \leq 75\deg, \mid b\mid~< 3\circ, we test suggestions that the distribution of galactic electron-density fluctuations contains a spiral component. We derive Scattering Measure (SM = \int CN\!\!2\,ds) values from scatter-broadening seen in the multi-frequency images of the sources. Lines of sight in this longitude range pass from the Sagittarius Arm, through an interarm region, into the Orion Arm and large, abrupt changes in the distribution of SM are expected if spiral structure is present in the electron-density fluctuations. Initial results do indeed show just such effects.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: salgado@naic.edu

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