The GALAH plus survey: Third data release

GALAH collaboration, Sven Buder*, Sanjib Sharma, Janez Kos, Anish M. Amarsi, Thomas Nordlander, Karin Lind, Sarah L. Martell, Martin Asplund, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Andrew R. Casey, Gayandhi M. De Silva, Valentina D'Orazi, Ken C. Freeman, Michael R. Hayden, Geraint F. Lewis, Jane Lin, Katharine J. Schlesinger, Jeffrey D. Simpson, Dennis StelloDaniel B. Zucker, Tomaž Zwitter, Kevin L. Beeson, Tobias Buck, Luca Casagrande, Jake T. Clark, Klemen Čotar, Gary S. Da Costa, Richard de Grijs, Diane Feuillet, Jonathan Horner, Prajwal R. Kafle, Shourya Khanna, Chiaki Kobayashi, Fan Liu, Benjamin T. Montet, Govind Nandakumar, David M. Nataf, Melissa K. Ness, Lorenzo Spina, Thor Tepper-García, Yuan-Sen Ting, Gregor Traven, Rok Vogrinčič, Robert A. Wittenmyer, Rosemary F. G. Wyse, Maruša Žerjal

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The ensemble of chemical element abundance measurements for stars, along with precision distances and orbit properties, provides high-dimensional data to study the evolution of the Milky Way. With this third data release of the Galactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) survey, we publish 678 423 spectra for 588 571 mostly nearby stars (81.2 per cent of stars are within <2 kpc), observed with the HERMES spectrograph at the Anglo-Australian Telescope. This release (hereafter GALAH+ DR3) includes all observations from GALAH Phase 1 (bright, main, and faint survey, 70 per cent), K2-HERMES (17 per cent), TESS-HERMES (5 per cent), and a subset of ancillary observations (8 per cent) including the bulge and >75 stellar clusters. We derive stellar parameters Teff, log g, [Fe/H], vmic, vbroad, and vrad using our modified version of the spectrum synthesis code Spectroscopy Made Easy (SME) and 1D MARCS model atmospheres. We break spectroscopic degeneracies in our spectrum analysis with astrometry from Gaia DR2 and photometry from 2MASS. We report abundance ratios [X/Fe] for 30 different elements (11 of which are based on non-LTE computations) covering five nucleosynthetic pathways. We describe validations for accuracy and precision, flagging of peculiar stars/measurements and recommendations for using our results. Our catalogue comprises 65 per cent dwarfs, 34 per cent giants, and 1 per cent other/unclassified stars. Based on unflagged chemical composition and age, we find 62 per cent young low-α, 9 per cent young high-α, 27 per cent old high-α, and 2 per cent stars with [Fe/H] ≤ −1. Based on kinematics, 4 per cent are halo stars. Several Value-Added-Catalogues, including stellar ages and dynamics, updated after Gaia eDR3, accompany this release and allow chrono-chemodynamic analyses, as we showcase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-201
Number of pages52
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Bibliographical note

This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 506, Issue 1, September 2021, Pages 150–201, Copyright 2021 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


  • methods: data analysis
  • methods: observational
  • surveys
  • stars: abundances
  • stars: fundamental parameters


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