HIGH-RESOLUTION SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY OF EXTREMELY METAL-POOR STAR CANDIDATES FROM THE SKYMAPPER SURVEY
Author(s)Keller, Stefan C.; Casey, Andrew R.; Asplund, Martin; Bessell, Michael S.; Costa, Gary S. Da; Lind, Karin; Marino, Anna F.; Norris, John E.; Schmidt, Brian P.; Tisserand, Patrick; Walsh, Jennifer M.; Yong, David; Yu, Qinsi; Jacobson, Heather; Frebel, Anna L.; Pena, Jose M.; ... Show more Show less
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The SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey is carrying out a search for the most metal-poor stars in the Galaxy. It identifies candidates by way of its unique filter set which allows for estimation of stellar atmospheric parameters. The set includes a narrow filter centered on the Ca ii K 3933 Å line, enabling a robust estimate of stellar metallicity. Promising candidates are then confirmed with spectroscopy. We present the analysis of Magellan Inamori Kyocera Echelle high-resolution spectroscopy of 122 metal-poor stars found by SkyMapper in the first two years of commissioning observations. Forty-one stars have [Fe/H] ⩽ -3.0. Nine have [Fe/H] ⩽ -3.5, with three at [Fe/H] ~ -4. A 1D LTE abundance analysis of the elements Li, C, Na, Mg, Al, Si, Ca, Sc, Ti, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Zn, Sr, Ba, and Eu shows these stars have [X/Fe] ratios typical of other halo stars. One star with low [X/Fe] values appears to be "Fe-enhanced," while another star has an extremely large [Sr/Ba] ratio: >2. Only one other star is known to have a comparable value. Seven stars are "CEMP-no" stars ([C/Fe] > 0.7, [Ba/Fe] < 0). 21 stars exhibit mild r-process element enhancements (0.3 ⩽ [Eu/Fe] < 1.0), while four stars have [Eu/Fe] ⩾ 1.0. These results demonstrate the ability to identify extremely metal-poor stars from SkyMapper photometry, pointing to increased sample sizes and a better characterization of the metal-poor tail of the halo metallicity distribution function in the future.
DepartmentKavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
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Jacobson, Heather R., Stefan Keller, Anna Frebel, Andrew R. Casey, Martin Asplund, Michael S. Bessell, Gary S. Da Costa, et al. “HIGH-RESOLUTION SPECTROSCOPIC STUDY OF EXTREMELY METAL-POOR STAR CANDIDATES FROM THE SKYMAPPER SURVEY.” The Astrophysical Journal 807, no. 2 (July 9, 2015): 171. © 2015 The American Astronomical Society
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