Neutral hydrogen absorption measurements of four distant pulsars and the electron density in the inner galaxy

J. M. Weisberg, M. H. Siegel, D. A. Frail, S. Johnston

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Abstract

We have used the VLA to measure neutral hydrogen absorption and emission spectra toward four distant low-latitude pulsars in the inner Galaxy whose spectra have not been previously recorded. In two cases, there is also a second reasonably bright source in the main beam of the telescope. We use the companion spectra plus all published H I absorption spectra in the direction of each pulsar to assist in the kinematic determination of pulsar distances. We also derive limits on the main electron density along each line of sight, and we find that even along paths toward the inner Galaxy, the average electron density does not exceed ∼0.1 cm-3. We test the Taylor & Cordes (1993) Galactic electron density model against our measured electron densities plus additional inner Galaxy values recently determined by Koribalski et al. (1995), and conclude that no major corrections to the model are indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume447
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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