Abundances in the Milky Way across five nucleosynthetic channels from 4 million LAMOST stars

Adam Wheeler, Melissa Ness, Sven Buder, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Gayandhi De Silva, Michael Hayden, Janez Kos, Geraint F. Lewis, Sarah Martell, Sanjib Sharma, Jeffrey D. Simpson, D. B. Zucker, Tomaž Zwitter

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Abstract

Large stellar surveys are revealing the chemodynamical structure of the Galaxy across a vast spatial extent. However, the many millions of low- resolution spectra observed to date are yet to be fully exploited. We employ The Cannon, a data-driven approach for estimating chemical abundances, to obtain detailed abundances from low-resolution (R = 1800) LAMOST spectra, using the GALAH survey as our reference. We deliver five (for dwarfs) or six (for giants) estimated abundances representing five different nucleosynthetic channels, for 3.9 million stars, to a precision of 0.05-0.23 dex. Using wide binary pairs, we demonstrate that our abundance estimates provide chemical discriminating power beyond metallicity alone. We show the coverage of our catalog with radial, azimuthal and dynamical abundance maps and examine the neutron capture abundances across the disk and halo, which indicate different origins for the in situ and accreted halo populations. LAMOST has near-complete Gaia coverage and provides an unprecedented perspective on chemistry across the Milky Way.
Original languageEnglish
Article number58
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume898
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2020

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Copyright 2020 The American Astronomical Society. First published in the Astrophysical Journal, 898(1), 58, 2020. The original publication is available at https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ab9a46, published by IOP Publishing. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

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    Wheeler, A., Ness, M., Buder, S., Bland-Hawthorn, J., De Silva, G., Hayden, M., ... Zwitter, T. (2020). Abundances in the Milky Way across five nucleosynthetic channels from 4 million LAMOST stars. Astrophysical Journal, 898(1), 1-20. [58]. https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ab9a46