Prediction of the Diffuse Far-Infrared Flux from the Galactic Plane

  • F. W. Stecker
  • G. G. Fazio
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 63)


A basic model and simple numerical relations useful for future far-infrared studies of the galaxy are presented. Making use of recent CO and other galactic surveys, we then predict the diffuse far-infrared flux distribution from the galactic plane as a function of galactic longitude ℓ for 4° ≤ ℓ ≤ 90° and the far-infrared emissivity as a function of galactocentric distance. Future measurements of the galactic far-infrared flux would yield valuable information on the physical properties and distribution of dust and molecular clouds in the galaxy, particularly the inner region.


Dust Emissivity 

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. W. Stecker
    • 1
  • G. G. Fazio
    • 2
  1. 1.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  2. 2.Center for AstrophysicsCambridgeUSA

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