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.


Publishing Company Flux Distribution Molecular Cloud Galactic Plane Infrared 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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