Sign on

SAO/NASA ADS Astronomy Abstract Service

· Find Similar Abstracts (with default settings below)
· Full Refereed Journal Article (PDF/Postscript)
· Full Refereed Scanned Article (GIF)
· References in the article
· Citations to the Article (1860) (Citation History)
· Refereed Citations to the Article
· SIMBAD Objects (7)
· Associated Articles
· Also-Read Articles (Reads History)
· Translate This Page
A theory of the interstellar medium - Three components regulated by supernova explosions in an inhomogeneous substrate
McKee, C. F.; Ostriker, J. P.
AA(California, University, Berkeley, Calif.), AB(Princeton, University, New Observatory, Princeton, N.J.)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1, vol. 218, Nov. 15, 1977, p. 148-169. (ApJ Homepage)
Publication Date:
NASA/STI Keywords:
Interstellar Matter, Nebulae, Supernova Remnants, X Ray Sources, Absorption Spectra, Adiabatic Conditions, Astronomical Models, Background Radiation, Clouds, Evaporation, High Temperature Gases, Rarefied Gases
Bibliographic Code:


Supernova explosions in a cloudy interstellar medium produce a three-component medium in which a large fraction of the volume is filled with hot, tenuous gas. In the disk of the galaxy the evolution of supernova remnants is altered by evaporation of cool clouds embedded in the hot medium. Radiative losses are enhanced by the resulting increase in density and by radiation from the conductive interfaces between clouds and hot gas. Mass balance (cloud evaporation rate = dense shell formation rate) and energy balance (supernova shock input = radiation loss) determine the density and temperature of the hot medium. A self-consistent model of the interstellar medium developed herein accounts for the observed pressure of interstellar clouds, the galactic soft X-ray background, the O VI absorption line observations, the ionization and heating of much of the interstellar medium, and the motions of the clouds.

Associated Articles

Main Paper     Related Paper    

Printing Options

Print whole paper
Print Page(s) through

Return 600 dpi PDF to Acrobat/Browser. Different resolutions (200 or 600 dpi), formats (Postscript, PDF, etc), page sizes (US Letter, European A4, etc), and compression (gzip,compress,none) can be set through the Printing Preferences

More Article Retrieval Options

HELP for Article Retrieval

Bibtex entry for this abstract   Preferred format for this abstract (see Preferences)


Find Similar Abstracts:

Use: Authors
Keywords (in text query field)
Abstract Text
Return: Query Results Return    items starting with number
Query Form
Database: Astronomy
arXiv e-prints