The mass distribution and gravitational potential of the Milky Way

  title={The mass distribution and gravitational potential of the Milky Way},
  author={Paul J. McMillan},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • P. McMillan
  • Published 2 August 2016
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
We present mass models of the Milky Way created to fit observational constraints and to be consistent with expectations from theoretical modelling. The method used to create these models is that demonstrated in our previous study, and we improve on those models by adding gas discs to the potential, considering the effects of allowing the inner slope of the halo density profile to vary, and including new observations of maser sources in the Milky Way amongst the new constraints. We provide a… 

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