Infrared point-source variability between the Spitzer and Midcourse Space Experiment surveys of the galactic midplane.
ROBITAILLE T.P., COHEN M., WHITNEY B.A., MEADE M., BABLER B., INDEBETOUW R. and CHURCHWELL E.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present a list of 552 sources with suspected variability, based on a comparison of mid-infrared photometry from the GLIMPSE I and Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) surveys, which were carried out nearly a decade apart. We were careful to address issues such as the difference in resolution and sensitivity between the two surveys, as well as the differences in the spectral responses of the instruments. We selected only sources where the IRAC 8.0 µm and MSX 8.28 µm fluxes differ by more than a factor of 2, in order to minimize contamination from sources where the difference in fluxes at 8 µm is due to a strong 10 µm silicate feature. We present a subset of 40 sources for which additional evidence suggests variability, using 2MASS and MIPSGAL data. Based on a comparison with the variability flags in the IRAS and MSX point-source catalogs we estimate that at least a quarter of the 552 sources and at least half of the 40 sources in the subset are truly variable. In addition, we tentatively confirm the variability of one source using multiepoch IRAS LRS spectra. We suggest that most of the sources in our list are likely to be asymptotic giant branch stars.
Infrared: Stars - Stars: Variables: Other - Surveys
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