The Tilted Disk: Discovery of Ionized Gas Around the Galactic Bar
Science Advances - Submitted
I exploit a convenient tilted distribution of gas from the bar region of the Milky Way to observe optical emission lines through a low extinction window. This allowed for the inner Milky Way to be placed on a Baldwin-Phillips-Terlevich (BPT) diagram, for the first time. The inner Milky Way is now the closest example of gas consistent with Low Ionization (Nuclear) Emission Regions--LI(N)ERs.