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Coronal gas in the Galaxy. I - A new survey of interstellar O VI
Jenkins, E. B.
AA(Princeton University, New Observatory, Princeton, N.J.)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 1, vol. 219, Feb. 1, 1978, p. 845-860. (ApJ Homepage)
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Absorption Spectra, Galactic Structure, Interstellar Matter, Oxygen Ions, Ultraviolet Spectra, B Stars, Line Spectra, O Stars, Oao 3, Optical Thickness, Radial Velocity, Spaceborne Astronomy, Stellar Spectra
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Ultraviolet spectra of 40 O- and B-type stars have been intensively scanned in the vicinity of the O VI transitions at 1032 and 1038 A with the Copernicus satellite. This survey of the high-temperature (log T about 5.5) phase of interstellar gas is an extension of the earlier observations of interstellar O VI by Jenkins and Meloy (1974), bringing the total coverage up to 72 stars. Except for a few distant stars, the overall quality of the present data surpasses that of the earlier work. Plots of absorption optical depths versus radial velocity are presented for both transitions in each star. Total column densities (or their upper limits), velocity centroids, and velocity widths have been extracted from the profiles and tabulated, with the results of Jenkins and Meloy (1974) included. Qualitatively, the highly variable O VI densities and velocities seem to exhibit no systematic patterns or regional trends; there is no recognizable correlation in the behavior of coronal gas with pronounced features of galactic structure.

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