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Astron. Astrophys. 332, 55-70 (1998)

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The Galactic X-ray halo

J. Pietz 1, J. Kerp 1, P.M.W. Kalberla 1, W.B. Burton 2, Dap Hartmann 2, 3 and U. Mebold 1

1 Radioastronomisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Auf dem Hügel 71, D-53121 Bonn, Germany
2 Sterrewacht Leiden, P.O. Box 9513, RA 2300 Leiden, The Netherlands
3 Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Received 27 February 1997 / Accepted 8 December 1997


We analyzed the intensity distribution of the [FORMULA] keV and [FORMULA] keV diffuse soft X-ray background by correlating the ROSAT all-sky survey with the Leiden/Dwingeloo H survey. We found that the [FORMULA] keV and [FORMULA] keV intensity distributions can be modelled by a contribution from an isothermal (k [FORMULA]) flattened X-ray halo superposed on the radiation from an extragalactic X-ray background. The exponential scale height of the X-ray halo is about 4.4 kpc and its radial scale length is about [FORMULA] ; the X-ray halo luminosity, [FORMULA], is about [FORMULA].

Key words: Galaxy: halo – Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics – X-rays: ISM

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Online publication: March 10, 1998