MEGARA-GTC stellar spectral library - II. MEGASTAR first release



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Carrasco, E. and Mollá, M. and García Vargas, M. L. and Gil de Paz, Armando and Cardiel López, Nicolás and Gómez Álvarez, P. and Berlanas, S.R. (2021) MEGARA-GTC stellar spectral library - II. MEGASTAR first release. Monthly notices of The Royal Astronomical Society, 501 (3). pp. 3568-3581. ISSN 0035-8711

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MEGARA is an optical integral field and multi-object fibre-based spectrograph for the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio CANARIAS that offers medium-to-high spectral resolutions (FWHM) of R -̃ 6000, 12 000, 20 000. Commissioned at the telescope in 2017, it started operation as a common-user instrument in 2018. We are creating an instrument-oriented empirical spectral library from MEGARA-GTC stars observations, MEGASTAR, crucial for the correct interpretation of MEGARA data. This piece of work describes the content of the first release of MEGASTAR, formed by the spectra of 414 stars observed with R -̃ 20 000 in the spectral intervals 6420–6790 Å and 8370–8885 Å, and obtained with a continuum average signal-to-noise ratio around 260. We describe the release sample, the observations, the data reduction procedure and the MEGASTAR data base. Additionally, we include in Appendix A an atlas with the complete set of 838 spectra of this first release of the MEGASTAR catalogue.

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© 2020 The Author(s). This work has been supported by MINECO-FEDER grants AYA2016-75808-R, AYA2016-79724-C4-3-P, RTI2018-096188-BI00, AYA2017-90589-REDT and has been partially funded by FRACTAL, INAOE, and CIEMAT. This work is based on observations made with the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), installed in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, on the island of La Palma. This work is based on data obtained with the MEGARA instrument, funded by European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), through the Programa Operativo Canarias FEDER 2014– 2020. The authors thank the support given by Dr Antonio Cabrera and Dr Daniel Reverte, GTC Operations Group staff, during the preparation and execution of the observations at the GTC. This research has made use of ASTROPY, a community-developed core PYTHON package for astronomy. This research has made use of the SIMBAD data base and the VizieR catalogue access tool, CDS, Strasbourg, France (doi: 10.26093/cds/vizier). The original description of the VizieR service was published in Ochsenbein, Bauer & Marcout (2000). This work has made use of data from the European Space Agency (ESA) mission Gaia (, processed by the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC, https: // Funding for the DPAC has been provided by national institutions, in particular the institutions participating in the Gaia Multilateral Agreement. We are very grateful to the reviewer as her/his comments and suggestions improved the manuscript.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Astronomical data bases-atlases; Astronomical data bases-catalogues; Stars-abundance; Stars-fundamental parameters
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:64729
Deposited On:13 Apr 2021 09:17
Last Modified:13 Apr 2021 10:11

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