Special Issue for LAMOST Sciences

Halo stream candidates in the LAMOST DR2

Jing-Kun Zhao, Gang Zhao, Yu-Qin Chen, Ke-Feng Tan, Meng-Tian Gao, Ming Yang, Yong Zhang, Yong-Hui Hou


Abstract We have cross-matched the LAMOST DR2 with the WISE, 2MASS and PPMXL catalogs and obtained a sample of 64 819 FGK metal-poor dwarfs with [Fe/H] < −0.7, distances within 2 kpc from the Sun and reliable kinematics (space velocities, angular momenta and eccentricities). With a detection strategy for halo streams provided by Klement et al, nine significant “phase-space overdensities” with stars on very similar orbits are identified from this sample. Among these overdensities, three were previously known and six are new stream candidates. The kinematics and metallicities of these stream candidates are then analyzed; they have typical halo characteristics. We have extracted the most probable members of each halo stream according to their angles with respect to the North Galactic Pole and investigate the distribution of the angular momenta to further verify their existences. Detailed study of elemental abundances for these members based on high resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra from follow-up observations in the near future is of high interest to understand the origin of these streams.


Keywords Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics

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