The Radial Velocity Experiment (RAVE): First Data Release

dc.contributor.authorSteinmetz, Matthias
dc.contributor.authorZwitter, T
dc.contributor.authorSiebert, A
dc.contributor.authorBland-Hawthorn, Joss
dc.contributor.authorFreeman, Kenneth
dc.contributor.authorMunari, U
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, R
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Mary
dc.contributor.authorSeabroke, G M
dc.contributor.authorWyse, Rosemary F G
dc.contributor.authorBienayme, O
dc.contributor.authorRoeser, S
dc.contributor.authorGibson, Bradley K
dc.contributor.authorGerhard, Ortwin
dc.contributor.authorHelmi, Amina
dc.contributor.authorNavarro, J F
dc.contributor.authorDawe, John Alan
dc.contributor.authorBailin, Jeremy
dc.contributor.authorBinney, J
dc.contributor.authorDehnen, W
dc.contributor.authorMinchev, I
dc.contributor.authorRead, M A
dc.contributor.authorBoyle, Brian John
dc.description.abstractWe present the first data release of the Radial Velocity Experiment (RAVE), an ambitious spectroscopic survey to measure radial velocities and stellar atmosphere parameters (temperature, metallicity, and surface gravity) of up to one million stars using the Six Degree Field multiobject spectrograph on the 1.2 m UK Schmidt Telescope of the Anglo-Australian Observatory. The RAVE program started in 2003, obtaining medium-resolution spectra (median R = 7500) in the Ca-triplet region (8410-8795 Å) for southern hemisphere stars drawn from the Tycho-2 and SuperCOSMOS catalogs, in the magnitude range 9 < I < 12. The first data release is described in this paper and contains radial velocities for 24,748 individual stars (25,274 measurements when including reobservations). Those data were obtained on 67 nights between 2003 April 11 and 2004 April 3. The total sky coverage within this data release is ∼4760 deg 2. The average signal-to-noise ratio of the observed spectra is 29.5, and 80% of the radial velocities have uncertainties better than 3.4 km s -1. Combining internal errors and zero-point errors, the mode is found to be 2 km s -1. Repeat observations are used to assess the stability of our radial velocity solution, resulting in a variance of 2.8 km s -1. We demonstrate that the radial velocities derived for the first data set do not show any systematic trend with color or signal-to-noise ratio. The RAVE radial velocities are complemented in the data release with proper motions from Starnet 2.0, Tycho-2, and SuperCOSMOS, in addition to photometric data from the major optical and infrared catalogs (Tycho-2, USNO-B, DENIS, and the Two Micron All Sky Survey). The data release can be accessed via the RAVE Web site.
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Press
dc.sourceAstronomical Journal
dc.subjectKeywords: Catalogs; Stars: fundamental parameters; Surveys
dc.titleThe Radial Velocity Experiment (RAVE): First Data Release
dc.typeJournal article
local.contributor.affiliationSteinmetz, Matthias, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam
local.contributor.affiliationZwitter, T, University of Ljubljana
local.contributor.affiliationSiebert, A, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam
local.contributor.affiliationBland-Hawthorn, Joss, Anglo-Australian Observatory
local.contributor.affiliationFreeman, Kenneth, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMunari, U, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova
local.contributor.affiliationCampbell, R, Macquarie University
local.contributor.affiliationWilliams, Mary, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationSeabroke, G M, University of Cambridge
local.contributor.affiliationWyse, Rosemary F G, Johns Hopkins University
local.contributor.affiliationBienayme, O, Observatoire de Strasbourg
local.contributor.affiliationRoeser, S, Astronomische Rechen Institut
local.contributor.affiliationGibson, Bradley K, University of Central Lancashire
local.contributor.affiliationGerhard, Ortwin, Universitat Basel
local.contributor.affiliationHelmi, Amina, University of Groningen
local.contributor.affiliationNavarro, J F, University of Victoria
local.contributor.affiliationDawe, John Alan, Anglo-Australian Observatory
local.contributor.affiliationBailin, Jeremy, Swinburne University of Technology
local.contributor.affiliationBinney, J, University of Oxford
local.contributor.affiliationDehnen, W, University of Leicester
local.contributor.affiliationMinchev, I, University of Rochester
local.contributor.affiliationRead, M A, University of Edinburgh
local.contributor.affiliationBoyle, Brian John, Anglo-Australian Observatory
local.contributor.authoruidFreeman, Kenneth, u7000399
local.contributor.authoruidWilliams, Mary, u2573689
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.absfor020110 - Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
local.type.statusPublished Version