The radial velocity experiment (RAVE): first data release

Steinmetz, M. and Zwitter, T. and Siebert, A. and Watson, F. G. and Freeman, K. C. and Munari, U. and Campbell, R. and Williams, M. and Seabroke, G. M. and Wyse, R. F. G. and Parker, Q. A. and Bienayme, O. and Roeser, S. and Gibson, B. K. and Gilmore, G. and Grebel, E. K. and Helmi, A. and Navarro, J. F. and Burton, D. and Cass, C. J. P. and Dawe, J. A. and Fiegert, K. and Hartley, M. and Russell, K. S. and Saunders, W. and Enke, H. and Bailin, J. and Binney, J. and Bland-Hawthorn, J. and Boeche, C. and Dehnen, W. and Eisenstein, D. J. and Evans, N. W. and Fiorucci, M. and Fulbright, J. P. and Gerhard, O. and Jauregi, U. and Kelz, A. and Mijovic, L. and Minchev, I. and Parmentier, G. and Penarrubia, J. and Quillen, A. C. and Read, M. A. and Ruchti, G. and Scholz, R. D. and Siviero, A. and Smith, M. C. and Sordo, R. and Veltz, L. and Vidrih, S. and von Berlepsch, R. and Boyle, B. J. and Schilbach, E. (2006) The radial velocity experiment (RAVE): first data release. The Astronomical Journal, 132 (4). pp. 1645-1668. ISSN 0004-6256

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We present the first data release of the Radial Velocity Experiment (RAVE), an ambitious spectroscopic survey to measure radial velocities and stellar atmosphere parameters (temperature, metallicity, and surface gravity) of up to one million stars using the Six Degree Field multiobject spectrograph on the 1.2 m UK Schmidt Telescope of the Anglo-Australian Observatory. The RAVE program started in 2003, obtaining medium-resolution spectra (median R = 7500) in the Ca-triplet region (8410-8795 Å) for southern hemisphere stars drawn from the Tycho-2 and SuperCOSMOS catalogs, in the magnitude range 9 < I < 12. The first data release is described in this paper and contains radial velocities for 24,748 individual stars (25,274 measurements when including reobservations). Those data were obtained on 67 nights between 2003 April 11 and 2004 April 3. The total sky coverage within this data release is ~4760 deg2. The average signal-to-noise ratio of the observed spectra is 29.5, and 80% of the radial velocities have uncertainties better than 3.4 km s-1. Combining internal errors and zero-point errors, the mode is found to be 2 km s-1. Repeat observations are used to assess the stability of our radial velocity solution, resulting in a variance of 2.8 km s-1. We demonstrate that the radial velocities derived for the first data set do not show any systematic trend with color or signal-to-noise ratio. The RAVE radial velocities are complemented in the data release with proper motions from Starnet 2.0, Tycho-2, and SuperCOSMOS, in addition to photometric data from the major optical and infrared catalogs (Tycho-2, USNO-B, DENIS, and the Two Micron All Sky Survey). The data release can be accessed via the RAVE Web site.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
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Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 02:54
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 06:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: catalogs; stars: fundamental parameters; surveys
Fields of Research (2008): 02 Physical Sciences > 0201 Astronomical and Space Sciences > 020110 Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
Fields of Research (2020): 51 PHYSICAL SCIENCES > 5101 Astronomical sciences > 510109 Stellar astronomy and planetary systems
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
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