Volume 582, October 2015
|Number of page(s)||16|
|Section||Catalogs and data|
|Published online||15 October 2015|
Single stellar populations in the near-infrared
I. Preparation of the IRTF spectral stellar library⋆
Kapteyn Instituut, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,
Landleven 12, 9747AD
2 Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, via Láctea s/n, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
3 Departamento de Astrofísica, Universidad de La Laguna, La Laguna, 38205 Tenerife, Spain
4 Sterrenkundig Observatorium, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281, S9, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Received: 18 March 2014
Accepted: 20 June 2015
We present a detailed study of the stars of the NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF) spectral library to understand its full extent and reliability for use with stellar population (SP) modeling. The library consist of 210 stars, with a total of 292 spectra, covering the wavelength range of 0.94 to 2.41 μm at a resolution R ≈ 2000. For every star we infer the effective temperature (Teff), gravity (log g) and metallicity ([Z/Z⊙]) using a full-spectrum fitting approach in a section of the K-band (2.19 to 2.34 μm) and temperature-NIR colour relations. We test the flux calibration of these stars by calculating their integrated colours and comparing them with the Pickles library colour-temperature relations. We also investigate the NIR colours as a function of the calculated effective temperature and compared them in colour–colour diagrams with the Pickles library. This latter test shows a good broad-band flux calibration, important for the SP models. Finally, we measure the resolution R as a function of wavelength. We find that the resolution increases as a function of lambda from about 6 Å in J to 10 Å in the red part of the K-band. With these tests we establish that the IRTF library, the largest currently available general library of stars at intermediate resolution in the NIR, is an excellent candidate to be used in stellar population models. We present these models in the next paper of this series.
Key words: infrared: stars / stars: fundamental parameters / catalogs / methods: data analysis / techniques: spectroscopic / stars: kinematics and dynamics
© ESO, 2015
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