Lee J Summers, BSc(Hons) MSc(R) FRAS
Milky Way Spiral Structure - The Velocity Field
The figure to the right is the modelled Milky Way velocity field for the Shocked-Motion-Model of Galactic structure. The spatial fits to the spiral potentials (Perseus, Outer and outer-Scutum-Centarus arms). Inside spiral arms the Shocked-Motion-Model is used to define the kinematic structure of the arms, exterior to the arm a flat rotation curve is assumed.
The arm widths are defined as the dispersion about the arm-centre of the spatial fit. Refer to Summers and Brunt (submitted, MNRAS) and Summers and Brunt (in prep) to the arm and constraint definitons.
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Last update November 2011