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Title: LOGNORMAL INTENSITY DISTRIBUTION OF THE FAR-ULTRAVIOLET CONTINUUM BACKGROUND SHORTWARD OF Ly{alpha}

The diffuse far-ultraviolet (FUV) continuum radiation 'longward' of Ly{alpha} (1216 A) is well known to correlate with the dust emission at 100 {mu}m. However, it has been claimed that the FUV continuum background 'shortward' of Ly{alpha} shows very weak or no correlation with the 100 {mu}m emission. In this paper, the observational data of the diffuse FUV radiation by the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) are reexamined in order to investigate the correlation between the diffuse FUV radiation shortward of Ly{alpha} and the 100 {mu}m emission. Large fluctuations were confirmed in the linear-linear correlation plots, but good correlations were found in the log-log plots. The large fluctuations in the linear-linear plots, and thus poor correlations, between the FUV and 100 {mu}m intensities were attributed to the lognormal property of the FUV intensity distribution. The standard deviation of the intensity distribution of the FUV radiation shortward of Ly{alpha} was found to be {sigma}{sub logI} = 0.16-0.25. The result is consistent with that obtained not only for the FUV radiation longward of 1216 A but also with the dust column density measurements of various molecular clouds. This implies that most of the diffuse FUV radiation shortward of Ly{alpha} is dust-scattered light inmore » the turbulent interstellar medium. The diffuse FUV data obtained from the Voyager missions were also investigated. However, much wider random fluctuations were found compared with the FUSE data, which is most likely due to the systematic difficulties in data reduction of the Voyager data.« less
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Daejeon 305-348 (Korea, Republic of)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22121860
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 772; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; CLOUDS; CORRELATIONS; COSMIC DUST; DISTRIBUTION; EMISSION; FAR ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION; FLUCTUATIONS; VISIBLE RADIATION