GTC Follow-up Observations of Very Metal-poor Star Candidates from DESI

Carlos Allende Prieto, David S. Aguado, Jonay I. González Hernández, Rafael Rebolo, Joan Najita, Christopher J. Manser, Constance Rockosi, Zachary Slepian, Mar Mezcua, Monica Valluri, Rana Ezzeddine, Sergey E. Koposov, Andrew P. Cooper, Arjun Dey, Boris T. Gänsicke, Ting S. Li, Katia Cunha, Siwei Zou, Jessica Nicole Aguilar, Steven AhlenDavid Brooks, Todd Claybaugh, Shaun Cole, Sarah Eftekharzadeh, Kevin Fanning, Jaime Forero-Romero, Satya Gontcho A. Gontcho, Klaus Honscheid, Pascale Jablonka, Robert Kehoe, Theodore Kisner, Martin Landriau, Axel de la Macorra, Aaron Meisner, Ramón Miquel, John Moustakas, Jundan Nie, Claire Poppett, Francisco Prada, Mehdi Rezaie, Graziano Rossi, Eusebio Sánchez, Michael Schubnell, Ray Sharples, Malgorzata Siudek, Verne V. Smith, Gregory Tarlé, Fiorenzo Vincenzo, Benjamin Alan Weaver, Zhimin Zhou, Hu Zou

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The observations from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will significantly increase the numbers of known extremely metal-poor stars by a factor of ∼10, improving the sample statistics to study the early chemical evolution of the Milky Way and the nature of the first stars. In this paper we report follow-up observations with high signal-to-noise ratio of nine metal-poor stars identified during the DESI commissioning with the Optical System for Imaging and Low-Resolution Integrated Spectroscopy (OSIRIS) instrument on the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias. The analysis of the data using a well-vetted methodology confirms the quality of the DESI spectra and the performance of the pipelines developed for the data reduction and analysis of DESI data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number76
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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