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Volume 408, Number 1, September II 2003
Page(s) 153 - 159
Section Stellar clusters and associations
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20030989

A&A 408, 153-159 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20030989

Results from a near infrared search for emission-line stars in the Inner Galaxy: Spectra of new Wolf-Rayet stars

N. L. Homeier1, 2, R. D. Blum3, A. Pasquali4, P. S. Conti5 and A. Damineli6

1  European Southern Observatory, Karl Schwarzschild Str. 2, Garching bei Muenchen, Germany
2  University of Wisconsin, Madison, Sterling Hall, 475 N. Charter St., Madison, WI, USA
3  Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, Casilla 603, La Serena, Chile
4  European Southern Observatory - Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility, Garching, Germany
5  JILA and APS Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 8030, USA
6  Universidade de São Paulo, IAG, CP 3386, São Paulo 01060-970, Brazil

(Received 9 May 2003 / Accepted 25 June 2003)

We present follow-up spectroscopy of emission line candidates detected on near-infrared narrow band images in the inner Galaxy (Homeier et al. 2003). The filters are optimized for the detection of Wolf-Rayet stars and other objects which exhibit emission-lines in the 2  $\mu$m region. Approximately three square degrees along the Galactic plane have been analyzed in seven narrow-filters (four emission-lines and three continuum). We have discovered 4 new Wolf-Rayet stars and present coordinates, finding charts, and K-band spectra.

Key words: stars: Wolf-Rayet -- stars: emission-line -- Galaxy: center -- Galaxy: stellar content -- infrared: stars

Offprint request: N. Homeier, nhomeier@eso.org

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