Friday, May 31, 2013

1305.7137 (Jian Gao et al.)

Modeling the Infrared Extinction toward the Galactic Center    [PDF]

Jian Gao, Aigen Li, B. W. Jiang
We model the ~1--19$\mum$ infrared (IR) extinction curve toward the Galactic Center (GC) in terms of the standard silicate-graphite interstellar dust model. The grains are taken to have a power law size distribution with an exponential decay above some size. The best-fit model for the GC IR extinction constrains the visual extinction to be Av~38--42 mag. The limitation of the model, i.e., its difficulty in simultaneously reproducing both the steep ~1--3$\mum$ near-IR extinction and the flat ~3--8$\mum$ mid-IR extinction is discussed. We argue that this difficulty could be alleviated by attributing the extinction toward the GC to a combination of dust in different environments: dust in diffuse regions (characterized by small Rv and steep near-IR extinction), and dust in dense regions (characterized by large Rv and flat UV extinction).
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