GAIA: AGB stars as tracers of star formation histories in the Galaxy and beyond

Arunas Kucinskas, Lennart Lindegren, Toshihiko Tanabé, Vladas Vansevicius

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We discuss the tracing of star formation histories with ESAs spaceastrometry mission GAIA, emphasizing the advantages of AGB stars for thepurpose. GAIAs microarcsecond-level astrometry, multi-band photometryand spectroscopy will provide individual distances, motions,T<SUB>eff</SUB>, log g and [M/H for vast numbers of AGB stars in theGalaxy and beyond. Reliable ages of AGB stars can be determined todistances of 200 kpc in a wide range of ages and metallicities,allowing star formation histories to be studied in a diversity ofastrophysical environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIn: Mass-losing pulsating stars and their circumstellar matter. Workshop, May 13-16, 2002, Sendai, Japan, edited by Y. Nakada, M. Honma and M. Seki. Astrophysics and Space Science Library, Vol. 283, Dordrecht
EditorsY. Nakada, M. Honma, M. Seki
ISBN (Print)1402011628
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology


  • Star Formation: Galaxy
  • Stars: AGB


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