The structure of the outer galactic disc as revealed by IPHAS early A stars

Sale, S. E., Drew, J. E., Knigge, C., Zijlstra, A. A., Irwin, M. J., Morris, R. A. H., Phillipps, S., Drake, J. J., Greimel, R., Unruh, Y. C., Groot, P. J., Mampaso, A. and Walton, N. A. (2010) The structure of the outer galactic disc as revealed by IPHAS early A stars Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 402, (2), pp. 713-723. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15746.x).


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This study is an investigation of the stellar density profile of the Galactic disc in the anticentre direction. We select over 40?000 early A stars from INT/WFC Photometric H? Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane (IPHAS) photometry in the Galactic longitude range 160° < l < 200° close to the equatorial plane (?1° < b < +1°) .

We then compare their observed reddening-corrected apparent magnitude distribution with simulated photometry obtained from parametrized models in order to set constraints on the anticentre stellar density profile. By selecting A stars, we are appraising the properties of a population only ?100 Myr old.

We find that the stellar density profile of young stars is well fit to an exponential with length-scale of (3020 ± 120statistical± 180systematic) pc , which is comparable to that obtained in earlier studies, out to a Galactocentric radius of RT= (13.0 ± 0.5statistical± 0.6systematic) kpc . At larger radii, the rate of decline appears to increase with the scalelength dropping to (1200 ± 300statistical± 70systematic) pc.

This result amounts to a refinement of the conclusions reached in previous studies that the stellar density profile is abruptly truncated. The IPHAS A star data are not compatible with models that propose a sudden change in metallicity at RG= 10 kpc .

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15746.x
ISSNs: 0035-8711 (print)
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Keywords: surveys, galaxy, abundances, disc, stellar content, structure
ePrint ID: 144155
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February 2010Published
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2010 15:43
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 20:01
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