Vol 22, No 2

Search for the Metal-weak Thick Disk from the LAMOST DR5

Tai-Sheng Yan, Jian-Rong Shi, Hao Tian, Wei Zhang, Bo Zhang


Abstract Based on the data release of the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope survey (LAMOST DR5) and the Gaia Early Data Release 3 (Gaia EDR3), we construct a sample containing 46,109 giant (\(\log g \le 3.5\) dex) stars with heliocentric distance \(d \le 4\) kpc, and the sample is further divided into two groups of the inner (\(R_{\rm GC} < 8.34\) kpc) and outer region ((\(R_{\rm GC} > 8.34\)). The \(L_{\rm Z}\) distributions of our program stars in the panels with different [Fe/H] and [α/Fe] suggest that the thick-disk consists of two distinct components with different chemical compositions and kinematic properties. For the inner region, the metal-weak thick disk (MWTD) significantly contributes when [α/Fe] > +0.2 dex and [Fe/H] < −0.8 dex, while the canonical thick-disk (TD) dominates when [Fe/H] > −0.8 dex. However, MWTD clearly appears only when [α/Fe] > +0.2 dex and [Fe/H] < −1.2 dex for the outer region, and its proportion is lower than that of the inner region within the same metallicity. Similar results can be obtained from the \(V_{\phi}\) distribution. The high fraction of MWTD in the inner region than that in the outer region implies that MWTD may form in the inner disk, and is observational evidence about the inside-out disk formation scenario.


Keywords stars: abundances – stars: atmospheres – Galaxy: structure – Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics – methods: data analysis

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