The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) is an unbiased, massively multiplexed spectroscopic survey, designed to measure the expansion history of the universe through low-resolution (R ∼ 750) spectra of Lyα emitters. In its search for these galaxies, HETDEX will also observe a few times 105 stars. In this paper, we present the first stellar value-added catalog within the internal second data release of the HETDEX Survey (HDR2). The new catalog contains 120,571 low-resolution spectra for 98,736 unique stars between 10 < G < 22 spread across the HETDEX footprint at relatively high (b ∼ 60°) Galactic latitudes. With these spectra, we measure radial velocities (RVs) for ∼42,000 unique FGK-type stars in the catalog and show that the HETDEX spectra are sufficient to constrain these RVs with a 1σ precision of 28.0 km s-1 and bias of 3.5 km s-1 with respect to the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope surveys and 1σ precision of 27.5 km s-1 and bias of 14.0 km s-1 compared to the Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration survey. Since these RVs are for faint (G . 16) stars, they will be complementary to Gaia. Using t-Distributed Stochastic Neighbor Embedding (tSNE), we also demonstrate that the HETDEX spectra can be used to determine a star's Teff, and log g and its [Fe/H]. With the tSNE projection of the FGK-type stars with HETDEX spectra we also identify 416 new candidate metal-poor ([Fe/H] < -1 dex) stars for future study. These encouraging results illustrate the utility of future low-resolution stellar spectroscopic surveys.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science