Stellar atmosphere parameters with MAχ, a MAssive compression of χ2 for spectral fitting
Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 1, 85741 Garching, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
2 Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, UK
3 European South Observatory (ESO), Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching, Germany
Accepted: 19 April 2010
MAχ is a new tool to estimate parameters from stellar spectra. It is based on the maximum likelihood method, with the likelihood compressed in a way that the information stored in the spectral fluxes is conserved. The compressed data are given by the size of the number of parameters, rather than by the number of flux points. The optimum speed-up reached by the compression is the ratio of the data set to the number of parameters. The method has been tested on a sample of low-resolution spectra from the Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration (SEGUE) survey for the estimate of metallicity, effective temperature and surface gravity, with accuracies of 0.24 dex, 130 K and 0.5 dex, respectively. Our stellar parameters and those recovered by the SEGUE Stellar Parameter Pipeline agree reasonably well. A small sample of high-resolution VLT-UVES spectra is also used to test the method and the results were compared to a more classical approach. The speed and multi-resolution capability of MAχ combined with its performance compared with other methods indicates that it will be a useful tool for the analysis of upcoming spectral surveys.
Key words: techniques: spectroscopic / surveys / stars: fundamental parameters / methods: data analysis / methods: statistical
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