Query : 2010A&A...510L...4S

2010A&A...510L...4S - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 510, L4-4 (2010/2-1)

Evidence of a thick disk rotation-metallicity correlation.


Abstract (from CDS):

We analyze a new kinematic survey that includes accurate proper motions derived from SDSS DR7 positions, combined with multi-epoch measurements from the GSC-II database. By means of the SDSS spectro-photometric data (effective temperature, surface gravity, metallicity, and radial velocities), we estimate photometric parallaxes for a sample of 27000 FGK (sub)dwarfs with [Fe/H]←0.5, which we adopted as tracers of the seven-dimensional space distribution (kinematic phase distribution plus chemical abundance) of the thick disk and inner halo within a few kiloparsecs of the Sun. We find evidence of a kinematics-metallicity correlation, d<Vφ>/d[Fe/H]≃40/50km/s/dex, amongst thick disk stars located between one and three kiloparsecs from the plane and with abundance -1<[Fe/H]←0.5, while no significant correlation is present for [Fe/H]>-0.5. In addition, we estimate a shallow vertical rotation velocity gradient, d<Vφ>/d|z|=-19±2km/s/kpc, for the thick disk between 1kpc<|z|<3kpc, and a low prograde rotation, 37±3km/s for the inner halo up to 4kpc. Finally, we briefly discuss the implications of these findings for the thick disk formation scenarios in the context of CDM hierarchical galaxy formation mechanisms and of secular evolutionary processes in galactic disks.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: disk - Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics - Sun: abundances - stars: kinematics and dynamics - surveys

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Number of rows : 2
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2024
1 NAME SGP reg 00 51 26.275 -27 07 41.70           ~ 567 0
2 NAME Hercules Thick-Disk Cloud Cld ~ ~           ~ 6 0

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