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The Interstellar Radiation Field and Its Interaction with the Interstellar Matter

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 February 2017

P. G. Mezger
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Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie Auf dem Hügel 69 5300 Bonn 1 FRG

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Most stars emit most of their radiation in the wavelength range between the far ultraviolet (FUV) and near-infrared (IR). Eddington (1926) first estimated for the solar vicinity a mean radiation intensity of the interstellar radiation field (ISRF) equivalent to that of blackbody radiation of ~3 K but with a spectral distribution that can be approximated by ~10,000 K blackbody radiation diluted by a factor ≈ 10−14.

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II. Galactic Background Starlight from UV to IR: Observations and Models
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Copyright © Kluwer 1990 

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