The Optical-Infrared Extinction Curve and its Variation in the Milky Way

@article{Schlafly2016TheOE,
  title={The Optical-Infrared Extinction Curve and its Variation in the Milky Way},
  author={E. Schlafly and A. Meisner and A. Stutz and J. Kainulainen and J. Peek and K. Tchernyshyov and H. Rix and D. Finkbeiner and K. Covey and G. Green and E. Bell and W. Burgett and K. Chambers and P. Draper and H. Flewelling and K. Hodapp and N. Kaiser and E. Magnier and N. Martin and N. Metcalfe and R. Wainscoat and C. Waters},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics of Galaxies},
  year={2016}
}
The dust extinction curve is a critical component of many observational programs and an important diagnostic of the physics of the interstellar medium. Here we present new measurements of the dust extinction curve and its variation towards tens of thousands of stars, a hundred-fold larger sample than in existing detailed studies. We use data from the APOGEE spectroscopic survey in combination with ten-band photometry from Pan-STARRS1, 2MASS, and WISE. We find that the extinction curve in the… Expand
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