Capaccioli, Massimo (2007) The Galactic halo stellar density distribution from photometric survey data: results of a pilot study. [Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica]

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Tipologia del documento: Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica
Titolo: The Galactic halo stellar density distribution from photometric survey data: results of a pilot study
Capaccioli, Massimo[non definito]
Autore/i: M. Cignoni, V. Ripepi, M. Marconi, J.M. Alcalá, M. Capaccioli, M. Pannella, R. Silvotti,
Data: 2007
Numero di pagine: 5
Dipartimento: Scienze fisiche
Numero identificativo: 10.1051/0004-6361:20066598
Titolo del periodico: ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS
Data: 2007
Volume: 463
Numero: 3
Intervallo di pagine: pp. 475-479
Numero di pagine: 5
Numero identificativo: 10.1051/0004-6361:20066598
Depositato il: 20 Ott 2010 08:33
Ultima modifica: 30 Apr 2014 19:42


Aims.Our goal is to recover the Galactic halo spatial density by means of field stars. To this aim, we have applied a new technique to the Capodimonte Deep Field (OACDF, Alcalá et al. 2004), as a pilot study in view of the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) stellar projects. Considering this unique chance to collect deep and wide-field photometry with the VST, our method may represent a useful tool towards definitive mapping of the Galactic halo. Methods: In the framework of synthetic stellar populations, turn-off stars are used to reconstruct the spatial density. The space density is determined by comparing the data with synthetic color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs). The only assumptions involve the IMF, age, and metallicity of the synthetic halo population. Stars are randomly placed in the solid angle. The contributions of the various Monte Carlo distributions (with a step of 4 kpc) along the line of sight are simultaneously varied to reproduce the observed CMD. Results: Our result for the space density is consistent with a power-law exponent n≈ 3 over a range of Galactocentric distances from 8 to 40 kpc.

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