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Paper: Dust Distribution in the Spiral Galaxy M51
Volume: 381, The Second Annual Spitzer Science Center Conference: Infrared Diagnostics of Galaxy Evolution
Page: 132
Authors: Benford, D.J.; Staguhn, J.G.
Abstract: We present the analysis of far-infrared imaging of the nearby grand design spiral galaxy M51. Being close enough for the spiral structure to be resolved, it is possible to determine the dust temperature and distribution as a function of galactocentric radius. Using Spitzer/MIPS data at 70 μm and 160 μm in concert with a deep 350 μm image taken with the Submillimeter High Angular Resolution Camera (SHARC-II) at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO), we have mapped the dust emission. Additional SCUBA 850 μm data help determine the overall dust spectrum. We derive the nuclear and spiral arm dust mass and temperatures (30K in the nucleus, 25K in the disk) and measure the emissivity index (β = 1.3).
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