Mini-Volume: LAMOST Experiment for Galactic Understanding and Exploration

LAMOST Experiment for Galactic Understanding and Exploration (LEGUE) — The survey’s science plan

Li-Cai Deng, Heidi Jo Newberg, Chao Liu, Jeffrey L. Carlin, Timothy C. Beers, Li Chen, Yu-Qin Chen, Norbert Christlieb, Carl Grillmair, Puragra GuhaThakurta, Zhan-Wen Han, Jin-Liang Hou, Tsu-Tai Lee, Sébastien Lépine, Jing Li, Xiao-Wei Liu, Kai-Ke Pan, Jerry A. Sellwood, Bo Wang, Hong-Chi Wang, Fan Yang, Brian Yanny, Hao-Tong Zhang, Yue-Yang Zhang, Zheng Zheng, Zi Zhu


Abstract We describe the current plans for a spectroscopic survey of millions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy using the Guo Shou Jing Telescope (GSJT, formerly called the Large sky Area Multi-Object fiber Spectroscopic Telescope — LAMOST). The survey will obtain spectra for 2.5 million stars brighter than r < 19 during dark/grey time, and 5 million stars brighter than r < 17 or J < 16 on nights that are moonlit or have low transparency. The survey will begin in the fall of 2012, and will run for at least four years. The telescope’s design constrains the optimal declination range for observations to 10° < δ < 50°, and site conditions lead to an emphasis on stars in the direction of the Galactic anticenter. The survey is divided into three parts with different target selection strategies: disk, anticenter, and spheroid. The resulting dataset will be used to study the merger history of the Milky Way, the substructure and evolution of the disks, the nature of the first generation of stars through identification of the lowest metallicity stars, and star formation through study of open clusters and OB associations. Detailed design of the LAMOST Experiment for Galactic Understanding and Exploration (LEGUE) survey will be completed in summer 2012, after a review of the results of the pilot survey.


Keywords techniques: spectroscopic — Galaxy: structure — Galaxy: evolution — Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics — Galaxy: disk — Galaxy: halo — spectroscopy

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