Volume 566, June 2014
|Number of page(s)||12|
|Section||Catalogs and data|
|Published online||20 June 2014|
The Gaia FGK benchmark stars ⋆,⋆⋆
High resolution spectral library
1 Univ. Bordeaux, LAB, UMR 5804, 33270 Floirac, France
2 CNRS, LAB, UMR 5804, 33270 Floirac, France
3 Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA, UK
4 Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Box 516, 75120 Uppsala, Sweden
Received: 29 November 2013
Accepted: 11 March 2014
Context. An increasing number of high-resolution stellar spectra is available today thanks to many past and ongoing spectroscopic surveys. Consequently, numerous methods have been developed to perform an automatic spectral analysis on a massive amount of data. When reviewing published results, biases arise and they need to be addressed and minimized.
Aims. We are providing a homogeneous library with a common set of calibration stars (known as the Gaia FGK benchmark stars) that will allow us to assess stellar analysis methods and calibrate spectroscopic surveys.
Methods. High-resolution and signal-to-noise spectra were compiled from different instruments. We developed an automatic process to homogenize the observed data and assess the quality of the resulting library.
Results. We built a high-quality library that will facilitate the assessment of spectral analyses and the calibration of present and future spectroscopic surveys. The automation of the process minimizes the human subjectivity and ensures reproducibility. Additionally, it allows us to quickly adapt the library to specific needs that can arise from future spectroscopic analyses.
Key words: stars: atmospheres / stars: abundances / Galaxy: general / galaxies: stellar content
Based on NARVAL and HARPS data obtained within the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) and coordinated by the GBOG (Ground-Based Observations for Gaia) working group, and on data retrieved from the ESO-ADP database.
The library of spectra is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (188.8.131.52) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/566/A98
© ESO, 2014
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