Institute of Astronomy

Binaries and Large Spectroscopic Surveys

SpeakerTalk DateTalk Series
Edita Stonkute26 July 2016Binary Stars Talks


Stellar multiplicity is a key parameter for many astrophysical questions. Several interesting astronomical phenomena, such as gravitational waves and gamma-ray bursts, arise from binary stars, and the knowledge of multiplicity could provide constraints on possible channels of star formation and evolution in the Galaxy. For ongoing and coming large spectroscopic surveys, such as RAVE, APOGEE, LAMOST, Gaia−ESO, GALAH and 4MOST, it is important to identify the binaries to clean the survey products from potentially faulty results. However, little is known about the binary frequency in Milky Way field stars, particularly outside the Solar neighbourhood. I will present our models of the effect of binaries on high-resolution spectroscopic surveys, in order to determine how many binaries will be observed, whether unresolved binaries will contaminate measurements of chemical abundances, and how we can use spectroscopic surveys to better constrain the population of binaries in the Galaxy. As an application we model binary stars that mimic APOGEE red giants in the Galactic disc.