The GALAH Survey: Chemically tagging the Fimbulthul stream to the globular cluster ω Centauri

Jeffrey D. Simpson*, Sarah L. Martell, Gary Da Costa, Jonathan Horner, Rosemary F. G. Wyse, Yuan-Sen Ting, Martin Asplund, Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Sven Buder, Gayandhi M. De Silva, Ken C. Freeman, Janez Kos, Geraint F. Lewis, Karin Lind, Sanjib Sharma, Daniel B. Zucker, Tomaž Zwitter, Klemen Čotar, Peter L. Cottrell, Thomas Nordlander

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Using kinematics from Gaia and the large elemental abundance space of the second data release of the GALAH survey, we identify two new members of the Fimbulthul stellar stream, and chemically tag them to massive, multimetallic globular cluster ω Centauri. Recent analysis of the second data release of Gaia had revealed the Fimbulthul stellar stream in the halo of the Milky Way. It had been proposed that the stream is associated with the ω Cen, but this proposition relied exclusively upon the kinematics and metallicities of the stars to make the association. In this work, we find our two new members of the stream to be metal-poor stars that are enhanced in sodium and aluminium, typical of second population globular cluster stars, but not otherwise seen in field stars. Furthermore, the stars share the s-process abundance pattern seen in ω Cen, which is rare in field stars. Apart from one star within 1.5 deg of ω Cen, we find no other stars observed by GALAH spatially near ω Cen or the Fimbulthul stream that could be kinematically and chemically linked to the cluster. Chemically tagging stars in the Fimbulthul stream to ω Cen confirms the earlier work, and further links this tidal feature in the Milky Way halo to ω Cen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3374-3384
Number of pages11
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 491, Issue 3, January 2020, Pages 3374–3384, Copyright 2019 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.


  • globular clusters: individual: ω Cen
  • galaxy: halo
  • galaxy: kinematics and dynamics


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