Aims: We study the Galactic large-scale synchrotron emission by generating a reliable all-sky spectral index map and temperature map at 45 MHz.
Methods: We use our observations, the published all-sky map at 408 MHz, and a bibliographical compilation to produce a map corrected for zero-level offset and extragalactic contribution.
Results: We present full sky maps of the Galactic emission at 45 MHz and the Galactic spectral index between 45 and 408 MHz with an angular resolution of 5°. The spectral index varies between 2.1 and 2.7, reaching values below 2.5 at low latitude because of thermal free-free absorption and its maximum in the zone next to the Northern Spur.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- January 2011
- Galaxy: structure;
- radio continuum: ISM;
- radiation mechanisms: non-thermal;
- ISM: magnetic fields;
- cosmic rays;
- Astrophysics - Galaxy Astrophysics