Austin Hinkel Award: Examining the Vertical Structure of the Milky Way with GAIA Data Release 2

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I propose a study of the vertical structure of the galaxy via GAIA Data Release 2 (Gaia Collab. 2016, Gaia Collab. 2018) in order to glean information about the spatial distribution function of stars. To wit, can a study of the vertical structure of small sectors of the Milky Way yield information about potential, localized sub-halo structure? What might the results imply for the dark matter distribution in our galaxy? Do the GAIA results match well with previous results from other surveys? I plan to try to answer these questions as well as determine how astrometric distances from GAIA compare to photometric distances in surveys like the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).
Effective start/end date11/1/185/30/21


  • Universities Research Association Incorporated: $2,700.00


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