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$^{26}$Al in the inner Galaxy

Abstract : We performed a spectroscopic study of the 1809 keV gamma-ray line from 26Al decay in the Galaxy using the SPI imaging spectrometer with its high-resolution Ge detector camera on the INTEGRAL observatory. We analyzed observations of the first two mission years, fitting spectra from all 7130 telescope pointings in narrow energy bins to models of instrumental background and the 26Al sky. Instrumental background is estimated from independent tracers of cosmic-ray activation. The shape of the 26Al signal is compared to the instrumental response to extract the width of the celestial line. We detect the 26Al line at \~16sigma significance. The line is broadened only slightly, if at all; we constrain the width to be below 2.8 keV (FWHM, 2 sigma). The average Doppler velocities of 26Al at the time of its decay in the interstellar medium (decay time~1.04 My) therefore are probably around 100 km/s, in agreement with expectations from Galactic rotation and interstellar turbulence. The flux and spatial distribution of the emission are found consistent with previous observations. The derived amount of 26Al in the Galaxy is 2.8 (+/-0.8) M_solar.
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R. Diehl, H. Halloin, K. Kretschmer, A. W. Strong, W. Wang, et al.. $^{26}$Al in the inner Galaxy. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, EDP Sciences, 2005, 449, pp.1025-1031. ⟨10.1051/0004-6361:20054301⟩. ⟨in2p3-00188963⟩



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