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The Gaia-ESO survey : The selection function of the Milky Way field stars

Author

  • E. Stonkute
  • S. E. Koposov
  • L. M. Howes
  • S. Feltzing
  • C. C. Worley
  • G. Gilmore
  • G. R. Ruchti
  • G. Kordopatis
  • S. Randich
  • T. Zwitter
  • T. Bensby
  • A. Bragaglia
  • R. Smiljanic
  • M. T. Costado
  • G. Tautvaišiene
  • A. R. Casey
  • A. J. Korn
  • A. C. Lanzafame
  • E. Pancino
  • E. Franciosini
  • A. Hourihane
  • P. Jofré
  • C. Lardo
  • J. Lewis
  • L. Magrini
  • L. Monaco
  • L. Morbidelli
  • G. G. Sacco
  • L. Sbordone

Summary, in English

The Gaia-ESO Survey was designed to target all major Galactic components (i.e. bulge, thin and thick discs, halo and clusters), with the goal of constraining the chemical and dynamical evolution of the MilkyWay. This paper presents the methodology and considerations that drive the selection of the targeted, allocated and successfully observed Milky Way field stars. The detailed understanding of the survey construction, specifically the influence of target selection criteria on observed MilkyWay field stars is required in order to analyse and interpret the survey data correctly. We present the target selection process for the Milky Way field stars observed with Very Large Telescope/Fibre Large Array Multi Element Spectrograph and provide the weights that characterize the survey target selection. The weights can be used to account for the selection effects in the Gaia-ESO Survey data for scientific studies. We provide a couple of simple examples to highlight the necessity of including such information in studies of the stellar populations in the Milky Way.

Department/s

  • Lund Observatory - Undergoing reorganization

Publishing year

2016-07-21

Language

English

Pages

1131-1146

Publication/Series

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Volume

460

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Topic

  • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Keywords

  • Galaxy: evolution
  • Stars: general
  • Surveys
  • Techniques: spectroscopic

Status

Published

Project

  • Gaia-ESO Survey

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0035-8711