PIRSA:22030116

In the Balance: Statis and Disequilibrium in the Milky Way

APA

Widrow, L. (2022). In the Balance: Statis and Disequilibrium in the Milky Way. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/22030116

MLA

Widrow, Lawrence. In the Balance: Statis and Disequilibrium in the Milky Way. Perimeter Institute, Mar. 29, 2022, https://pirsa.org/22030116

BibTex

          @misc{ pirsa_22030116,
            doi = {},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/22030116},
            author = {Widrow, Lawrence},
            keywords = {Cosmology},
            language = {en},
            title = {In the Balance: Statis and Disequilibrium in the Milky Way},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2022},
            month = {mar},
            note = {PIRSA:22030116 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}
          }
          

Abstract

The disk of the Milky Way comprises some 100 billion stars on nearly circular orbits about the Galactic centre. Over the next few years, the Gaia Space Telescope will measure positions and velocities for over 1% of these stars. By combining equilibrium models of the Galaxy with these observations we can construct the Galactic rotation curve, which allows us to infer the large-scale structure of the dark matter halo. We can also construct a model for the mass distribution in the Solar Neighbourhood, which allows us to infer the local density of dark matter.  However, even a cursory study of the Milky Way reveals structures that signal a departure from equilibrium. The most prominent of these are the Galactic bar, spiral arms, and warping of the outer disk.  I will describe recent observations of some more subtle departures from equilibrium and discuss ways in which these observations can lead to refined models of the Galaxy and a more complete picture of the Galaxy's dynamics.

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