Astronomy Letters

, Volume 28, Issue 7, pp 454–464 | Cite as

Kinematic parameters of young subsystems and the galactic rotation curve

  • M. V. Zabolotskikh
  • A. S. Rastorguev
  • A. K. Dambis


We analyze the space velocities of blue supergiants, long-period Cepheids, and young open star clusters (OSCs), as well as the H I and H II radial-velocity fields by the maximum-likelihood method. The distance scales of the objects are matched both by comparing the first derivatives of the angular velocity Ω′ determined separately from radial velocities and proper motions and by the statistical-parallax method. The former method yields a short distance scale (for R0=7.5 kpc, the assumed distances should be increased by 4%), whereas the latter method yields a long distance scale (for R0=8.5 kpc, the assumed distances should be increased by 16%). We cannot choose between these two methods. Similarly, the distance scale of blue supergiants should be shortened by 9% and lengthened by 3%, respectively. The H II distance scale is matched with the distance scale of Cepheids and OSCs by comparing the derivatives Ω′ determined for H II from radial velocities and for Cepheids and OSCs from space velocities. As a result, the distances to H II regions should be increased by 5% in the short distance scale. We constructed the Galactic rotation curve in the Galactocentric distance range 2–14 kpc from the radial velocities of all objects with allowance for the difference between the residual-velocity distributions. The axial ratio of the Cepheid+OSC velocity ellipsoid is well described by the Lindblad relation, while σu≈σv for gas. The following rotation-curve parameters were obtained: Ω0=(27.5±1.4) km s−1 kpc−1 and A=(17.1±0.5) km s−1 kpc−1 for the short distance scale (R0=7.5 kpc); and Ω0=(26.6±1.4) km s−1 kpc−1 and A=(15.4±0.5) km s−1 kpc−1 for the long distance scale (R0=8.5 kpc). We propose a new method for determining the angular velocity Ω0 from stellar radial velocities alone by using the Lindblad relation. Good agreement between the inferred Ω0 and our calculations based on space velocities suggests that the Lindblad relation holds throughout the entire sample volume. Our analysis of the heliocentric velocities for samples of young objects reveals noticeable streaming motions (with a velocity lag of ∼7 km s−1 relative to the LSR), whereas a direct computation of the perturbation amplitudes in terms of the linear density-wave theory yields a small amplitude for the tangential perturbations.

Key words

Galactic kinematics rotation curve distance scale 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. V. Zabolotskikh
    • 1
  • A. S. Rastorguev
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. K. Dambis
    • 2
  1. 1.Moscow State UniversityVorob'evy gory, MoscowRussia
  2. 2.Sternberg Astronomical InstituteMoscowRussia

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