Automated spectral classification and the GAIA projectTwo dimensional spectral types for each of the stars observed in the global astrometric interferometer for astrophysics (GAIA) mission would provide additional information for the galactic structure and stellar evolution studies, as well as helping in the identification of unusual objects and populations. The classification of the large quantity generated spectra requires that automated techniques are implemented. Approaches for the automatic classification are reviewed, and a metric-distance method is discussed. In tests, the metric-distance method produced spectral types with mean errors comparable to those of human classifiers working at similar resolution. Data and equipment requirements for an automated classification survey, are discussed. A program of auxiliary observations is proposed to yield spectral types and radial velocities for the GAIA-observed stars.
Lasala, Jerry (University of Southern Maine Portland, ME, United States)
Kurtz, Michael J. (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Cambridge, MA., United States)
August 17, 2013
September 1, 1995
Publication: ESA, Future Possibilities for Astrometry in Space