SDSS-IV MaStar: [α/Fe] for the MaNGA Stellar Library from synthetic model spectra

Lewis Hill, Daniel Thomas, Claudia Maraston, Renbin Yan, Daniel Lazarz, Yan-ping Chen, Guy S Stringfellow, Michele Cappellari, Jon A Holtzman, Julie Imig, Dmitry Bizyaev, David R Law, Keivan G Stassun, Niv Drory

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We calculate the α-enhancement ratio [α/Fe] for the Mapping Nearby Galaxies at APO (MaNGA) Stellar Library (MaStar) while also fitting for the fundamental atmospheric parameters effective temperature, surface gravity, and metallicity – Teff, log g, [Fe/H]. This approach builds upon a previous catalogue of stellar parameters, whereby only the fundamental atmospheric parameters are fit with solar-scaled models. Here, we use the same Markov Chain Monte Carlo method with the additional free parameter [α/Fe]. Using the full spectral fitting code pPXF, we are able to fit multiple lines sensitive to [α/Fe] for a more robust measurement. Quality flags based on the convergence of the sampler, errors in [α/Fe] and a cut in the χ2 of the model fit are used to clean the final catalogue, returning 17 214 spectra and values in the range of −0.25 < [α/Fe] < 0.48. Comparing our calculated [α/Fe] with literature values reveals a degeneracy in cool stars with log g ≥ ∼4; this comparison is then used to create an alternative and calibrated parameter set. We also plot the final catalogue in an [Fe/H] versus [α/Fe] diagram and recover the expected result of increasing [α/Fe] with decreasing [Fe/H] for Milky Way disc-halo stars. We apply our method to a subsample of spectra of uniform resolution and higher signal to noise that finds that our results are independent of this higher signal to noise. In the context of stellar population models, we are able to cover a parameter space for the creation of intermediate to old age models at solar-scaled [α/Fe], high [Fe/H] and enhanced [α/Fe], low [Fe/H].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4275-4290
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Early online date20 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • techniques: spectroscopic
  • stars: abundances
  • stars: atmospheres
  • stars: evolution
  • fundamental parameters
  • galaxies: stellar content
  • UKRI
  • STFC
  • ST/S000550/1


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