|Time:||Friday, April 16, 2021, 10:30am|
|Title:||Galactic Mass and Anisotropy Profile with Halo K-Giant and Blue Horizontal Branch Stars from LAMOST/SDSS and Gaia|
|Speaker:||Dr. Sarah Bird|
S727 & Online via Zoom
A major uncertainty in the determination of the mass profile of the Milky Way using stellar kinematics is the poorly determined anisotropy parameter, beta = 1 - ( ( (sigma_theta)**2 + (sigma_phi)**2 ) / ( 2 * (sigma_r)**2 ), where sigma_r is the Galactocentric radial velocity dispersion, and sigma_theta and sigma_phi are the tangential components of the velocity dispersion. We use a sample of over 22,000 Galactic halo K giant and blue horizontal branch stars from the ground-based LAMOST and SDSS/SEGUE stellar spectroscopic surveys, combined with proper motions from the space telescope Gaia, to measure beta(r) over a wide range of Galactocentric distances r from 4 to 100 kpc. We investigate the extent to which a much improved knowledge of beta influences the determination of the Galactic mass profile M(r) as a function of r.
Dr. Sarah A. Bird received her Ph.D. from the University of Turku in Finland in 2014, upon which she began as a LAMOST Fellow at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory and later continued as a PIFI Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2018 she moved to NAOC in Beijing with the Aliyun Fellowship. She is now an assistant professor at the China Three Gorges University in Yichang, Hubei. Her research focuses on the stellar halos of the Milky Way and other galaxies which she investigates using both observations and simulations.
Host: Shude Mao