The Global Content, Distribution, and Kinematics of Interstellar O VI in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Дата и время публикации : 2001-11-29T19:32:27Z

Авторы публикации и институты :
J. Christopher Howk (JHU)
Kenneth R. Sembach (STScI)
Blair D. Savage (Wisconsin)
Derck Massa (EIT)
Scott D. Friedman (JHU)
Alex W. Fullerton (JHU)

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Коментарии к статье: Accepted for publiction in the ApJ. 39 pages, including 9 figures and 6 tables. Version with full resolution figures available at
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Краткий обзор статьи: We present FUSE observations of interstellar O VI absorption towards 12 early-type stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). O VI 1031.926 Ang absorption at LMC velocities is seen towards all 12 stars. The observed columns are in the range log N(O VI)=13.9 to 14.6, with a mean of 14.37. The observations probe several sight lines projected onto known superbubbles, but these show relatively little (if any) enhancement in O VI column density compared to sight lines towards relatively quiescent regions of the LMC. The observed LMC O VI absorption is broad, with Gaussian dispersions of 30 to 50 km/sec, implying temperatures T<(2-5)x10^6 K. The O VI absorption is typically displaced -30 km/sec from the corresponding low-ionization absorption associated with the bulk of the LMC gas. The properties of the LMC O VI absorption are very similar to those of the Milky Way halo. The average column density of O VI and the dispersion of the individual measurements about the mean are identical to those measured for the halo of the Milky Way, even though the metallicity of the LMC is a factor of ~2.5 lower than the Milky Way. Much of the LMC O VI may arise in a vertically-extended distribution similar to the Galactic halo. If the observed O VI absorption is tracing a radiatively cooling galactic fountain flow, the mass flow rate from one side of the LMC disk is of the order 1 Msun/yr, with a mass flux per unit area of the disk ~0.02 Msun/yr/kpc^2. (abridged)

Category: Physics