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Paper: The Magnetic Field of the Milky Way Galaxy
Volume: 438, The Dynamic Interstellar Medium: A Celebration of the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey
Page: 216
Authors: Brown, J. C.
Abstract: Cosmic magnetic fields are an integral component of the interstellar medium (ISM), having influence on scales ranging from star formation to galactic dynamics. While observations of external galaxies offer a ‘birds-eye-view’ of magnetic fields within galaxies, it is equally important to explore the magnetic field of our own Milky Way Galaxy, which offers a more detailed, albeit more complicated view. Over the past decade there has been a significant increase in interest in the Galactic magnetic field, fueled largely by innovations developed through the Canadian Galactic Plane Survey. In this paper, I review the current state of understanding of the Galactic magnetic field, and discuss briefly new and future observations that will provide exciting new insights about the field.
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