EIGHT NEW MILKY WAY COMPANIONS DISCOVERED IN FIRST-YEAR DARK ENERGY SURVEY DATA

K. Bechtol, A. Drlica-Wagner, E. Balbinot, A. Pieres, J. D. Simon, B. Yanny, B. Santiago, R. H. Wechsler, J. Frieman, A. R. Walker, P. Williams, E. Rozo, E. S. Rykoff, A. Queiroz, E. Luque, A. Benoit-Lévy, D. Tucker, I. Sevilla, R. A. Gruendl, L. N. Da CostaA. Fausti Neto, M. A G Maia, T. Abbott, S. Allam, R. Armstrong, A. H. Bauer, G. M. Bernstein, R. A. Bernstein, E. Bertin, D. Brooks, E. Buckley-Geer, D. L. Burke, A. Carnero Rosell, F. J. Castander, R. Covarrubias, C. B. D'Andrea, D. L. DePoy, S. Desai, H. T. Diehl, T. F. Eifler, J. Estrada, A. E. Evrard, E. Fernandez, D. A. Finley, B. Flaugher, E. Gaztanaga, D. Gerdes, L. Girardi, M. Gladders, D. Gruen, G. Gutierrez, J. Hao, K. Honscheid, B. Jain, D. James, S. Kent, R. Kron, K. Kuehn, N. Kuropatkin, O. Lahav, T. S. Li, H. Lin, M. Makler, M. March, J. Marshall, P. Martini, K. W. Merritt, C. Miller, R. Miquel, J. Mohr, E. Neilsen, R. Nichol, B. Nord, R. Ogando, J. Peoples, D. Petravick, A. A. Plazas, A. K. Romer, A. Roodman, M. Sako, E. Sanchez, V. Scarpine, M. Schubnell, R. C. Smith, M. Soares-Santos, F. Sobreira, E. Suchyta, M. E C Swanson, G. Tarle, J. Thaler, D. Thomas, W. Wester, J. Zuntz

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We report the discovery of eight new Milky Way companions in ∼ 1800 deg2 of optical imaging data collected during the first year of the Dark Energy Survey (DES). Each system is identified as a statistically significant over-density of individual stars consistent with the expected isochrone and luminosity function of an old and metal-poor stellar population. The objects span a wide range of absolute magnitudes (MV from -2.2 to -7.4 mag), physical sizes (10 - 170 pc), and heliocentric distances (30 - 330 kpc). Based on the low surface brightnesses, large physical sizes, and/or large Galactocentric distances of these objects, several are likely to be new ultra-faint satellite galaxies of the Milky Way and/or Magellanic Clouds. We introduce a likelihood-based algorithm to search for and characterize stellar over-densities, as well as identify stars with high satellite membership probabilities. We also present completeness estimates for detecting ultra-faint galaxies of varying luminosities, sizes, and heliocentric distances in the first-year DES data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number50
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume807
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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  • galaxies: dwarf
  • Local Group

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Bechtol, K., Drlica-Wagner, A., Balbinot, E., Pieres, A., Simon, J. D., Yanny, B., ... Zuntz, J. (2015). EIGHT NEW MILKY WAY COMPANIONS DISCOVERED IN FIRST-YEAR DARK ENERGY SURVEY DATA. Astrophysical Journal, 807(1), [50]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/807/1/50

EIGHT NEW MILKY WAY COMPANIONS DISCOVERED IN FIRST-YEAR DARK ENERGY SURVEY DATA. / Bechtol, K.; Drlica-Wagner, A.; Balbinot, E.; Pieres, A.; Simon, J. D.; Yanny, B.; Santiago, B.; Wechsler, R. H.; Frieman, J.; Walker, A. R.; Williams, P.; Rozo, E.; Rykoff, E. S.; Queiroz, A.; Luque, E.; Benoit-Lévy, A.; Tucker, D.; Sevilla, I.; Gruendl, R. A.; Da Costa, L. N.; Neto, A. Fausti; Maia, M. A G; Abbott, T.; Allam, S.; Armstrong, R.; Bauer, A. H.; Bernstein, G. M.; Bernstein, R. A.; Bertin, E.; Brooks, D.; Buckley-Geer, E.; Burke, D. L.; Rosell, A. Carnero; Castander, F. J.; Covarrubias, R.; D'Andrea, C. B.; DePoy, D. L.; Desai, S.; Diehl, H. T.; Eifler, T. F.; Estrada, J.; Evrard, A. E.; Fernandez, E.; Finley, D. A.; Flaugher, B.; Gaztanaga, E.; Gerdes, D.; Girardi, L.; Gladders, M.; Gruen, D.; Gutierrez, G.; Hao, J.; Honscheid, K.; Jain, B.; James, D.; Kent, S.; Kron, R.; Kuehn, K.; Kuropatkin, N.; Lahav, O.; Li, T. S.; Lin, H.; Makler, M.; March, M.; Marshall, J.; Martini, P.; Merritt, K. W.; Miller, C.; Miquel, R.; Mohr, J.; Neilsen, E.; Nichol, R.; Nord, B.; Ogando, R.; Peoples, J.; Petravick, D.; Plazas, A. A.; Romer, A. K.; Roodman, A.; Sako, M.; Sanchez, E.; Scarpine, V.; Schubnell, M.; Smith, R. C.; Soares-Santos, M.; Sobreira, F.; Suchyta, E.; Swanson, M. E C; Tarle, G.; Thaler, J.; Thomas, D.; Wester, W.; Zuntz, J.

In: Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 807, No. 1, 50, 01.07.2015.

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Bechtol, K, Drlica-Wagner, A, Balbinot, E, Pieres, A, Simon, JD, Yanny, B, Santiago, B, Wechsler, RH, Frieman, J, Walker, AR, Williams, P, Rozo, E, Rykoff, ES, Queiroz, A, Luque, E, Benoit-Lévy, A, Tucker, D, Sevilla, I, Gruendl, RA, Da Costa, LN, Neto, AF, Maia, MAG, Abbott, T, Allam, S, Armstrong, R, Bauer, AH, Bernstein, GM, Bernstein, RA, Bertin, E, Brooks, D, Buckley-Geer, E, Burke, DL, Rosell, AC, Castander, FJ, Covarrubias, R, D'Andrea, CB, DePoy, DL, Desai, S, Diehl, HT, Eifler, TF, Estrada, J, Evrard, AE, Fernandez, E, Finley, DA, Flaugher, B, Gaztanaga, E, Gerdes, D, Girardi, L, Gladders, M, Gruen, D, Gutierrez, G, Hao, J, Honscheid, K, Jain, B, James, D, Kent, S, Kron, R, Kuehn, K, Kuropatkin, N, Lahav, O, Li, TS, Lin, H, Makler, M, March, M, Marshall, J, Martini, P, Merritt, KW, Miller, C, Miquel, R, Mohr, J, Neilsen, E, Nichol, R, Nord, B, Ogando, R, Peoples, J, Petravick, D, Plazas, AA, Romer, AK, Roodman, A, Sako, M, Sanchez, E, Scarpine, V, Schubnell, M, Smith, RC, Soares-Santos, M, Sobreira, F, Suchyta, E, Swanson, MEC, Tarle, G, Thaler, J, Thomas, D, Wester, W & Zuntz, J 2015, 'EIGHT NEW MILKY WAY COMPANIONS DISCOVERED IN FIRST-YEAR DARK ENERGY SURVEY DATA', Astrophysical Journal, vol. 807, no. 1, 50. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/807/1/50
Bechtol K, Drlica-Wagner A, Balbinot E, Pieres A, Simon JD, Yanny B et al. EIGHT NEW MILKY WAY COMPANIONS DISCOVERED IN FIRST-YEAR DARK ENERGY SURVEY DATA. Astrophysical Journal. 2015 Jul 1;807(1). 50. https://doi.org/10.1088/0004-637X/807/1/50
Bechtol, K. ; Drlica-Wagner, A. ; Balbinot, E. ; Pieres, A. ; Simon, J. D. ; Yanny, B. ; Santiago, B. ; Wechsler, R. H. ; Frieman, J. ; Walker, A. R. ; Williams, P. ; Rozo, E. ; Rykoff, E. S. ; Queiroz, A. ; Luque, E. ; Benoit-Lévy, A. ; Tucker, D. ; Sevilla, I. ; Gruendl, R. A. ; Da Costa, L. N. ; Neto, A. Fausti ; Maia, M. A G ; Abbott, T. ; Allam, S. ; Armstrong, R. ; Bauer, A. H. ; Bernstein, G. M. ; Bernstein, R. A. ; Bertin, E. ; Brooks, D. ; Buckley-Geer, E. ; Burke, D. L. ; Rosell, A. Carnero ; Castander, F. J. ; Covarrubias, R. ; D'Andrea, C. B. ; DePoy, D. L. ; Desai, S. ; Diehl, H. T. ; Eifler, T. F. ; Estrada, J. ; Evrard, A. E. ; Fernandez, E. ; Finley, D. A. ; Flaugher, B. ; Gaztanaga, E. ; Gerdes, D. ; Girardi, L. ; Gladders, M. ; Gruen, D. ; Gutierrez, G. ; Hao, J. ; Honscheid, K. ; Jain, B. ; James, D. ; Kent, S. ; Kron, R. ; Kuehn, K. ; Kuropatkin, N. ; Lahav, O. ; Li, T. S. ; Lin, H. ; Makler, M. ; March, M. ; Marshall, J. ; Martini, P. ; Merritt, K. W. ; Miller, C. ; Miquel, R. ; Mohr, J. ; Neilsen, E. ; Nichol, R. ; Nord, B. ; Ogando, R. ; Peoples, J. ; Petravick, D. ; Plazas, A. A. ; Romer, A. K. ; Roodman, A. ; Sako, M. ; Sanchez, E. ; Scarpine, V. ; Schubnell, M. ; Smith, R. C. ; Soares-Santos, M. ; Sobreira, F. ; Suchyta, E. ; Swanson, M. E C ; Tarle, G. ; Thaler, J. ; Thomas, D. ; Wester, W. ; Zuntz, J. / EIGHT NEW MILKY WAY COMPANIONS DISCOVERED IN FIRST-YEAR DARK ENERGY SURVEY DATA. In: Astrophysical Journal. 2015 ; Vol. 807, No. 1.
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