The interstellar environment of our galaxy

  title={The interstellar environment of our galaxy},
  author={K Ferri{\`e}re},
  journal={Reviews of Modern Physics},
  • K. Ferrière
  • Published 20 June 2001
  • Physics
  • Reviews of Modern Physics
This article reviews the current knowledge and understanding of the interstellar medium of our galaxy. The author first presents each of the three basic constituents\char22{}ordinary matter, cosmic rays, and magnetic fields\char22{}of the interstellar medium, with emphasis on their physical and chemical properties as inferred from a broad range of observations. The interaction of these interstellar constituents, both with each other and with stars, is then discussed in the framework of the… 

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