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Interstellar radiation as a Maxwell field: improved numerical scheme and application to the spectral energy density

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The existing models of the interstellar radiation field (ISRF) do not produce a Maxwell field. Here, the recent model of the ISRF as a Maxwell field is improved by considering separately the different frequencies at the stage of the fitting. Using this improved procedure: (i) It is checked in detail that the model does predict extremely high values of the spectral energy density (SED) on the axis of a galaxy, that however decrease very rapidly when $\rho $, the distance to the axis, is increased from zero. (ii) The difference between the SED values (with $\rho =1\,$kpc or $8\,$kpc), as predicted either by this model or by a recent radiation transfer model, is reduced significantly. (iii) The slower decrease of the SED with increasing altitude $z$, as compared with the radiation transfer model, is confirmed. We also calculate the evolutions of the SED at large $\rho $. We interpret these evolutions by determining asymptotic expansions of the SED at large $z$, and also ones at large $\rho $.
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hal-03341905 , version 1 (13-09-2021)
hal-03341905 , version 2 (24-05-2023)

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Mayeul Arminjon. Interstellar radiation as a Maxwell field: improved numerical scheme and application to the spectral energy density. Open Physics, 2023, 21 (1), pp.20220253. ⟨10.1515/phys-2022-0253⟩. ⟨hal-03341905v2⟩

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