Attenuation caused by a distant isothermal turbulent screen

Jörg Fischera*, Michael Dopita

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    We analyze in detail the attenuation caused by an isothermal turbulent distant foreground dust screen. The attenuation curve is well determined by two parameters, the absolute-to-relative attenuation ratio RV A = AV/E(B - V) and the absolute attenuation Ay. We show quantitatively how these two observable quantities depend on the statistical properties of the local density and the mean attenuation (AV) and how they vary with the thickness of the screen measured in units of the largest turbulent scale. The attenuation through a turbulent medium is characterized by higher transparency and a flatter attenuation curve in comparison with a homogeneous dust screen. In general, the effect of a turbulent medium on the attenuation increases with slice thickness. In the limit of thick slices, typically larger than the maximum turbulent scale, RVA asymptotically approaches a maximum value.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)340-356
    Number of pages17
    JournalAstrophysical Journal
    Issue number1 I
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2005


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