A new, large-scale map of interstellar reddening derived from HI emission

31 May 2017  ·  Daniel Lenz, Brandon S. Hensley, Olivier Doré ·

We present a new map of interstellar reddening, covering the 39\% of the sky with low {\rm HI} column densities ($N_{\rm HI} < 4\times10^{20}\,\rm cm^{-2}$ or $E(B-V)\approx 45\rm\, mmag$) at $16\overset{'}{.}1$ resolution, based on all-sky observations of Galactic HI emission by the HI4PI Survey. In this low column density regime, we derive a characteristic value of $N_{\rm HI}/E(B-V) = 8.8\times10^{21}\, \rm\, cm^{2}\, mag^{-1}$ for gas with $|v_{\rm LSR}| < 90\,\rm km\, s^{-1}$ and find no significant reddening associated with gas at higher velocities. We compare our HI-based reddening map with the Schlegel, Finkbeiner, and Davis (1998, SFD) reddening map and find them consistent to within a scatter of $\simeq 5\,\rm mmag$. Further, the differences between our map and the SFD map are in excellent agreement with the low resolution ($4\overset{\circ}{.}5$) corrections to the SFD map derived by Peek and Graves (2010) based on observed reddening toward passive galaxies. We therefore argue that our HI-based map provides the most accurate interstellar reddening estimates in the low column density regime to date. Our reddening map is made publicly available (http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/AFJNWJ).

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Astrophysics of Galaxies Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics