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Title: Simulating from very deep to very shallow photometric surveys with the TRILEGAL code
Authors: Girardi, L ×
Groenewegen, Martin
Hatziminaoglou, E
da Costa, L #
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: E D P SCIENCES
Series Title: Astronomy & Astrophysics vol:436 issue:3 pages:895-915
Conference: date:Osserv Astron Trieste, INAF, I-34131 Trieste, Italy; PACS ICC Team, Inst Sterrenkunde, B-3001 Louvain, Belgium; European So Observ, D-85740 Garching, Germany; Inst Astrofis Canarias, E-38200 San Cristobal la Laguna, Spain
Abstract: We describe TRILEGAL, a new populations synthesis code for simulating the stellar photometry of any Galaxy field. The code attempts to improve upon several technical aspects of star count models, by: dealing with very complete input libraries of evolutionary tracks; using a stellar spectral library to simulate the photometry in virtually any broad-band system; being very versatile allowing easy changes in the input libraries and in the description of all of its ingredients - like the star formation rate, age-metallicity relation, initial mass function, and geometry of Galaxy components. In a previous paper (Groenewegen et al. 2002, Paper I), the code was first applied to describe the very deep star counts of the CDFS stellar catalogue. Here, we briefly describe its initial calibration using EIS-deep and DMS star counts, which, as we show, are adequate samples to probe both the halo and the disc components of largest scale heights (oldest ages). We then present the changes in the calibration that were necessary to cope with some improvements in the model input data, and the use of more extensive photometry datasets: now the code is shown to successfully simulate also the relatively shallower 2MASS catalogue, which probes mostly the disc at intermediate ages, and the immediate solar neighbourhood as sampled by Hipparcos - in particular its absolute magnitude versus colour diagram -, which contains a somewhat larger fraction of younger stars than deeper surveys. Remarkably, the same model calibration can reproduce well the star counts in all the above-mentioned data sets, that span from the very deep magnitudes of CDFS (16 < R < 23) to the very shallow ones of Hipparcos (V < 8). Significant deviations (above 50 percent in number counts) are found just for fields close to the Galactic Center (since no bulge component was included) and Plane, and for a single set of South Galactic Pole data. The TRILEGAL code is ready to use for the variety of wide-angle surveys in the optical/infrared that will become available in the coming years.
ISSN: 0004-6361
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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× corresponding author
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