Interaction of the galactic-centre super bubbles with the gaseous disc

Yoshiaki Sofue*, Jun Kataoka

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    The interaction of Galactic centre (GC) super bubbles (GSBs) with the gaseous disc and halo of the Milky Way is investigated using radio continuum, X-ray, H i, and CO line surveys. The radio North Polar Spur (NPS) constitutes the brightest eastern ridge of GSB, brightening towards the galactic plane and reaching l = 22°, b = +2° at the sharpest end, where it intersects the tangential direction of the 3-kpc-expanding ring and crater. Examination of the spur ridges reveals that the entire GSB, including the NPS and its counter spurs, constitutes a GC-symmetrical ω/ω shape. The thickness and gas density of the H i and CO discs are shown to increase sharply from the inside (lower longitude) to the outside the 3-kpc crater. Formation of crater is explained by the sweeping of the upper layer of disc gas by the shock wave from the GC by the explosion ~10 My ago with the emitted energy of several 1055 erg. Based on the discussion, a unified view on the structure and formation mechanism of GSB is presented.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2170-2180
    Number of pages11
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sep 1


    • Galaxies: individual: objects (the Milky Way)
    • Galaxy: centre
    • ISM: bubbles
    • ISM: individual objects: North Polar Spur
    • ISM: shock wave

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Space and Planetary Science


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