Title: The ISO-SWS post-helium atlas of near-infrared stellar spectra
Authors: Vandenbussche, Bart ×
Beintema, D
de Graauw, T
Decin, Leen
Feuchtgruber, H
Heras, A
Kester, D
Lahuis, F
Lenorzer, A
Lorente, R
Salama, A
Waelkens, Christoffel
Waters, Laurentius
Wieprecht, E #
Issue Date: Aug-2002
Publisher: E d p sciences
Series Title: Astronomy & astrophysics vol:390 issue:3 pages:1033-1048
Abstract: We present an atlas of near-infrared spectra (2.36 mum-4.1 mum) of similar to300 stars at moderate resolution (lambda/delta lambda = 1500-2000). The spectra were recorded using the Short-Wavelength Spectrometer aboard the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO-SWS). The bulk of the observations were performed during a dedicated observation campaign after the liquid helium depletion of the ISO satellite, the so-called post-helium programme. This programme was aimed at extending the MK-classification to the near-infrared. Therefore the programme covers a large range of spectral types and luminosity classes. The 2.36 mum-4.05 mum region is a valuable spectral probe for both hot and cool stars. H I lines (Bracket, Pfund and Humphreys series), He I and He II lines, atomic lines and molecular lines (CO, H2O, NH, OH, SiO, HCN, C2H2,...) are sensitive to temperature, gravity and/or the nature of the outer layers of the stellar atmosphere (outflows, hot circumstellar discs, etc.). Another objective of the programme was to construct a homogeneous dataset of near-infrared stellar spectra that can be used for population synthesis studies of galaxies. At near-infrared wavelengths these objects emit the integrated light of all stars in the system. In this paper we present the dataset of post-helium spectra completed with observations obtained during the nominal operations of the ISO-SWS. We discuss the calibration of the SWS data obtained after the liquid helium boil-off and the data reduction. We also give a first qualitative overview of how the spectral features in this wavelength range change with spectral type. The dataset is scrutinised in two papers on the quantitative classification of near-infrared spectra of early-type stars (Lenorzer et al. 2002) and late-type stars (Vandenbussche et al., in prep).
ISSN: 0004-6361
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute of Astronomy
× corresponding author
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