The Galactic Distribution of Electron Density Microstructure Inferred from Radio Scattering Observations

  • James Cordes


I first review the observables and optics of interstellar seeing associated with radio wavescattering in the interstellar medium. I then describe the Galactic distribution of electron density andits fluctuations, as inferred from a number of observables, including angular and pulse broadening,diffractive scintillations, and dispersion measures. Propects for improving the Galactic model areoutlined.


interstellar medium, electron density, turbulence 


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  • James Cordes
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  1. 1.Astronomy DepartmentCornell UniversityUSA

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