9-13 September 2019
University of Geneva A100 Sciences II
Europe/Zurich timezone

Metal poor stars in Gaia

Not scheduled
5m
A100 Sciences II, 30 quai Ernest Ansermet, 1205 Geneva (University of Geneva A100 Sciences II)

A100 Sciences II, 30 quai Ernest Ansermet, 1205 Geneva

University of Geneva A100 Sciences II

30, quai Ernest Ansermet 1205 Geneva
posters

Speaker

Ms Theodora Xylakis-Dornbusch (ZAH/LSW, University of Heidelberg )

Description

The study of the oldest and most metal-poor stars in our Galaxy promotes our
understanding of the cosmic chemical evolution and the beginning of Galaxy and
star formation. However, they are notoriously difficult to find, with only 5
stars of [Fe/H]<-5 having been detected to date. Thus, the spectrophotometric
data of ~1 billion stars which will become available with the third Gaia Data
Release, comprise a very promising set for the identification of candidate
metal-poor stars.

In this talk I shall present preliminary results of our candidate selection method in development, based on combinations of flux-ratios from BP/RP (Blue Photometer/Red Photometer) Gaia spectra. I shall demonstrate that these data do in fact contain enough information to identify iron-deficient stars, despite their very low spectral resolution. The method presented here can therefore soon be used to help populate the poorly constrained tail of the metallicity distribution function of the stellar halo of the Galaxy.

Primary author

Ms Theodora Xylakis-Dornbusch (ZAH/LSW, University of Heidelberg )

Presentation Materials