Astron. J., 141, 90 (2011/March-0)
The SEGUE stellar parameter pipeline. V. Estimation of alpha-element abundance ratios from low-resolution SDSS/SEGUE stellar spectra.
LEE Y.S., BEERS T.C., ALLENDE PRIETO C., LAI D.K., ROCKOSI C.M., MORRISON H.L., JOHNSON J.A., AN D., SIVARANI T. and YANNY B.
Abstract (from CDS):
We present a method for the determination of [α/Fe] ratios from low-resolution (R = 2000) SDSS/SEGUE stellar spectra. By means of a star-by-star comparison with degraded spectra from the ELODIE spectral library and with a set of moderately high-resolution (R = 15, 000) and medium-resolution (R = 6000) spectra of SDSS/SEGUE stars, we demonstrate that we are able to measure [α/Fe] from SDSS/SEGUE spectra (with S/N>20/1) to a precision of better than 0.1 dex, for stars with atmospheric parameters in the range Teff = [4500, 7000] K, log g = [1.5, 5.0], and [Fe/H] = [-1.4, +0.3], over the range [α/Fe] = [-0.1, +0.6]. For stars with [Fe/H] ←1.4, our method requires spectra with slightly higher signal-to-noise to achieve this precision (S/N>25/1). Over the full temperature range considered, the lowest metallicity star for which a confident estimate of [α/Fe] can be obtained from our approach is [Fe/H] ~-2.5; preliminary tests indicate that a metallicity limit as low as [Fe/H] ~-3.0 may apply to cooler stars. As a further validation of this approach, weighted averages of [α/Fe] obtained for SEGUE spectra of likely member stars of Galactic globular clusters (M15, M13, and M71) and open clusters (NGC 2420, M67, and NGC 6791) exhibit good agreement with the values of [α/Fe] from previous studies. The results of the comparison with NGC 6791 imply that the metallicity range for the method may extend to ~+0.5.
methods: data analysis - stars: abundances - stars: fundamental parameters - surveys - techniques: imaging spectroscopy
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