Disk-like Chemistry of the Triangulum-Andromeda Overdensity as Seen by APOGEE
AuthorHayes, Christian R.
Majewski, Steven R.
Beaton, R. L.
Smith, Verne V.
Price-Whelan, Adrian M.
Beers, Timothy C.
Fernández-Trincado, J. G.
Frinchaboy, Peter M.
García-Hernández, D. A.
Lane, Richard R.
Nidever, David L.
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ
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CitationChristian R. Hayes et al 2018 ApJL 859 L8
JournalASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS
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AbstractThe nature of the Triangulum-Andromeda (TriAnd) system has been debated since the discovery of this distant, low-latitude Milky Way (MW) overdensity more than a decade ago. Explanations for its origin are either as a halo substructure from the disruption of a dwarf galaxy, or a distant extension of the Galactic disk. We test these hypotheses using the chemical abundances of a dozen TriAnd members from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-IV's (SDSS-IV's) 14th Data Release (DR14) of Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment (APOGEE) data to compare to APOGEE abundances of stars with similar metallicity from both the Sagittarius (Sgr) dSph and the outer MW disk. We find that TriAnd stars are chemically distinct from Sgr across a variety of elements, (C+N), Mg, K, Ca, Mn, and Ni, with a separation in [X/Fe] of about 0.1 to 0.4 dex depending on the element. Instead, the TriAnd stars, with a median metallicity of about -0.8, exhibit chemical abundance ratios similar to those of the lowest metallicity ([Fe/H] similar to-0.7)stars in the outer Galactic disk, and are consistent with expectations of extrapolated chemical gradients in the outer disk of the MW. These results suggest that TriAnd is associated with the MW disk, and, therefore, that the disk extends to this overdensity-i.e., past a Galactocentric radius of 24 kpc -albeit vertically perturbed about 7 kpc below the nominal disk midplane in this region of the Galaxy.
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SponsorsNSF [DGE-1315231, AST-1312863, AST-1616636]; NASA by the Space Telescope Science Institute [51386.01]; FONDECYT ; Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) [AYA-2017-88254-P]; Physics Frontier Center/JINA-CEE - U.S. National Science Foundation [PHY 14-30152]; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science; Center for High-Performance Computing at the University of Utah; Brazilian Participation Group; Carnegie Institution for Science, Carnegie Mellon University; Chilean Participation Group; French Participation Group; Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias; Johns Hopkins University; Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU)/University of Tokyo; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Leibniz Institut fur Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP); Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (MPIA Heidelberg); Max-Planck-Institut fur Astrophysik (MPA Garching); Max-Planck-Institut fur Extraterrestrische Physik (MPE); National Astronomical Observatories of China; New Mexico State University; New York University; University of Notre Dame; Observatario Nacional/MCTI; Ohio State University; Pennsylvania State University; Shanghai Astronomical Observatory; United Kingdom Participation Group; Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; University of Arizona; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Oxford; University of Portsmouth; University of Utah; University of Virginia; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin; Vanderbilt University; Yale University; NASA [NAS 5-26555]