Numerous runaway stars with bow shocks have been observed distributed around the Galaxy. These shocks have previously been observed in the infrared,Hα, [O I I I], and[N I I] lines. Recently hydrodynamic simulations allow for theoretical emissions of a runway star bow shock to be calculated. Expanding on these simulations shows that simultaneous observations in visible spectrum for Hα, H I eλ5876Å, and [O I I I] by the GMOS instruments of the Gemini Observatories are possible, allowing direct composition measurements of the ISM in the Milky Way Galaxy.
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Master of Science (MS)
Physics and Astronomy
Science, Engineering and Technology
Scheele, J. (2022). Feasibility study on emission line spectroscopy between 350 nm and 750 nm of runaway star bow shocks in the Milky Way using currently operating observatories with open submission policies [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1233/
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