EAS Publications Series
Volume 67-68, 2014The Milky Way Unravelled by Gaia: GREAT Science from the Gaia Data Releases
|Page(s)||371 - 372|
|Published online||17 July 2015|
N.A. Walton, F. Figueras, L. Balaguer-Núñez and C. Soubiran (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 67–68 (2014) 371-372
The Gaia hybrid catalog: a leverage to find Galactic structures
Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
The ongoing Gaia mission will undertake an astrometric, photometric and spectroscopic survey of the Galaxy. The Gaia consortium will use Gaia-only data to classify objects and to estimate their individual astrophysical parameters. However, one can achieve more reliable estimates of stellar parameters by combining Gaia data with data from other spectroscopic and photometric surveys.
The Gaia “hybrid catalog” project will provide an exquisite value-added catalogs of astrophysical parameters for Gaia targets by taking into account the “obvious” non-Gaia data (e.g., SDSS, WISE, Pan-STARRS, APOGEE, PPMXL, SDSS, 2MASS, Tycho). By including spectroscopic indicators of metallicity when available, or infrared photometry, we can reduce the degeneracies between extinction and temperature and improve the estimation of metallicity and surface gravity.
However, the creation of such catalogs comes with significant challenges. First the cross-matching of catalogs with various selection functions, or photometric depths. Second, we must optimize the data analysis to produce the most accurate information given a specific science goal. Finally, the construction of such catalogs will require significant computation power. The current plan is to do this using the local resources at the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, and then each catalog will go through validation and integration processes to finally be released as part of the value-added Gaia data products. From these challenges, it is clear that hybrid catalogs will not be a copy of the Gaia catalog but must be adapted to support very specific science questions.
In the poster we presented, we details in particular two applications of the Gaia hybrid catalogs. First, we considered the addition of WISE data to the Gaia information. The WISE data enable us to constrain not only the amount of extinction through the addition of infrared data, but also allow us to better classify certain spectral types. For instance, from the addition of the WISE filters, one can select the Oxygen-rich Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGBs) stars to find spatial substructures with particular interstellar medium properties. Breaking through the distance-extinction degeneracies will also help finding large scale structures in the disk such as streams or spiral arms, especially when combined with age or metallicity selections for instance.
Second, we presented one aspect of the hybrid catalogs dedicated to support the analysis of star clusters. Star clusters are not only calibrators of stellar evolution models but also references to study star formation in general. We presented one future outcome of the hybrid catalogs, in which we provide for known star clusters, an assessment of stellar memberships based on a combination of phase-space, and colormagnitude distribution fitting. In this application, the assumption that a cluster is a “simple” population provides a significant advantage when deriving individual star properties. Eventually one can imagine this application can be extended to stellar streams.
Hybrid catalogs are meant to be provided along with the Gaia data releases, and will offer a tremendous source of validation for the Gaia Data Processing.
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