Volume 411, Number 1, November III 2003
Special letters issue on: first science with integral
|Page(s)||L447 - L450|
|Published online||17 November 2003|
Letter to the Editor
Diffuse continuum emission from the inner Galaxy: First results from INTEGRAL/SPI
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1312, 85741 Garching, Germany
2 Centre d'Étude Spatiale des Rayonnements, CNRS/UPS, BP 4346, 31028 Toulouse Cedex 4, France
3 Code 661, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
Corresponding author: A. W. Strong, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 18 August 2003
We present a preliminary analysis of the diffuse hard X- and soft γ-ray continuum emission from the inner Galactic ridge using INTEGRAL/SPI data from the first Galactic Plane Deep Exposure and Galactic Plane Scans. The spectrum is consistent with results from previous experiments. These early results demonstrate the potential of the INTEGRAL mission for improving our understanding of this emission.
Key words: X-rays / gamma rays / galactic structure / interstellar medium / cosmic rays
© ESO, 2003
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