Cosmic Ray- and Thermal-Pressure Driven Winds: Does the Milky Way Host a Kpc-Scale Outflow?
The Role of the Disk-Halo Interaction in Galaxy Evolution: Outflow vs. Infall? Edited by M.A. de Avillez. EAS Publication Series, Volume 56, 2012, pp.73-76
Published in Sep 2012
We show that the X-ray emission observed towards the center of our Milky Way Galaxy is consistent with a strong (2.1 M☉/yr) outflow powered by both cosmic-ray pressure and thermal-gas pressure. In addition, the inferred launch parameters of such an outflow seem consistent with conditions inferred in the central Milky Way and other galaxies (although it is not clear if a significant vertical magnetic field exists in the center of the Galaxy). We also show that in galaxies with cosmic-ray pressure, gas pressure, and a vertical magnetic field component, cosmic-ray pressure can yield outflows over a wider range of conditions.