The Messenger Surveys

4MOST Consortium Survey 1: The Milky Way Halo Low-Resolution Survey

Authors
  • Helmi, Amina [Kapteyn Instituut, Rijksunversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands]
  • Irwin, Mike [Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK]
  • Deason, Alis [Department of Physics, Durham University, UK]
  • Balbinot, Eduardo [Kapteyn Instituut, Rijksunversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands]
  • Belokurov, Vasily [Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK]
  • Bland-Hawthorn, Joss [Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney, Australia]
  • Christlieb, Norbert [Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg/Landessternwarte, Germany]
  • Cioni, Maria-Rosa L. [Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), Germany]
  • Feltzing, Sofia [Lund Observatory, Lund University, Sweden]
  • Grebel, Eva K. [Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg/Astronomisches Rechen- Institut, Germany]
  • Kordopatis, Georges [Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice, France]
  • Starkenburg, Else [Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), Germany]
  • Walton, Nicholas [Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK]
  • Worley, C. Clare [Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK]

Section
Surveys
Abstract

The goal of this survey is to study the formation and evolution of the Milky Way halo to deduce its assembly history and the 3D distribution of mass in the Milky Way. The combination of multi-band photometry, Gaia proper motion and parallax data, and radial velocities and the metallicity and elemental abundances obtained from low-resolution spectra of halo giants with 4MOST, will yield an unprecedented characterisation of the Milky Way halo and its interface with the thick disc. The survey will produce a volume- and magnitude- limited complete sample of giant stars in the halo. It will cover at least 10 000 square degrees of high Galactic latitude, and measure line-of-sight velocities with a precision of 1–2 km s–1 as well as metallicities to within 0.2 dex.


Dates
Created: 2019-03-01/2019-03-31
Length
3 pages

Cite this article:

A. Helmi, M. Irwin, A. Deason, E. Balbinot, V. Belokurov, J. Bland-Hawthorn, N. Christlieb, M. Cioni, S. Feltzing, E. Grebel, G. Kordopatis, E. Starkenburg, N. Walton, C. Worley; 4MOST Consortium Survey 1: The Milky Way Halo Low-Resolution Survey. The Messenger 175 (March 2019): 23–25. https://doi.org/10.18727/0722-6691/5120