Query : 2008A&A...484..721C

2008A&A...484..721C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 484, 721-732 (2008/6-4)

The stellar content of the Hamburg/ESO survey. IV. Selection of candidate metal-poor stars.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present the quantitative methods used for selecting candidate metal-poor stars in the Hamburg/ESO objective-prism survey (HES). The selection is based on the strength of the CaII K line, B-V colors (both measured directly from the digital HES spectra), as well as J-K colors from the 2 Micron All Sky Survey. The KP index for CaII K can be measured from the HES spectra with an accuracy of 1.0Å, and a calibration of the HES B-V colors, using CCD photometry, yields a 1-σ uncertainty of 0.07mag for stars in the color range 0.3<B-V<1.4. These accuracies make it possible to reliably reject stars with [Fe/H]>-2.0 without sacrificing completeness at the lowest metallicities. A test of the selection using 1121 stars of the HK survey of Beers, Preston, and Shectman present on HES plates suggests that the completeness at [Fe/H]←3.5 is close to 100% and that, at the same time, the contamination of the candidate sample with false positives is low: 50% of all stars with [Fe/H]>-2.5 and 97% of all stars with [Fe/H]>-2.0 are rejected. The selection was applied to 379 HES fields, covering a nominal area of 8853deg2 of the southern high Galactic latitude sky. The candidate sample consists of 20271 stars in the magnitude range 10≲B≲18. A comparison of the magnitude distribution with that of the HK survey shows that the magnitude limit of the HES sample is about 2mag fainter. Taking the overlap of the sky areas covered by both surveys into account, it follows that the survey volume for metal-poor stars has been increased by the HES by about a factor of 10 with respect to the HK survey. We have already identified several very rare objects with the HES, including, e.g., the three most heavy-element deficient stars currently known.

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Journal keyword(s): surveys - Galaxy: halo - Galaxy: stellar content - Galaxy: formation - Galaxy: evolution - stars: population II

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/A+A/484/721): hescan.dat crossid.dat>

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Number of rows : 5
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2021
1 SB 44 SB* 00 07 37.5160975025 -35 31 17.710203728   13.23 12.76 12.76   sdF 76 0
2 BPS CS 30324-0063 Pe* 00 22 44.8620944430 -17 24 29.142325967   13.824 12.887     CEMP-no 17 0
3 CD-38 245 Pe* 00 46 36.1954714218 -37 39 33.555736375   12.733 11.929 13.39 10.996 KIIvw 208 0
4 HE 0305-5442 Pe* 03 06 29.5014936276 -54 30 32.498352902   14.44 13.70 13.212 12.715 KIIvw 73 0
5 HE 2356-0410 Pe* 23 59 13.1417869434 -03 53 48.220053208   14.39 13.60 13.164 12.713 CEMP-no 82 0

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