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The Asteroseismic Target List for Solar-like Oscillators Observed in 2 minute Cadence with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

Mathew Schofield, W. J. Chaplin, D. Huber, T. L. Campante, G. R. Davies, A. Miglio, W. H. Ball, T. Appourchaux, S. Basu, T. R. Bedding, J. Christensen-Dalsgaard, O. L. Creevey, R. A. García, R. Handberg, S. D. Kawaler, H. Kjeldsen, D. W. Latham, M. N. Lund, T. S. Metcalfe, G. R. Ricker, A. M. Serenelli, V. Silva Aguirre, D. Stello, R. K. Vanderspek


We present the target list of solar-type stars to be observed in short-cadence (2 minute) for asteroseismology by the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) during its 2 year nominal survey mission. The solar-like Asteroseismic Target List (ATL) is comprised of bright, cool main-sequence and subgiant stars and forms part of the larger target list of the TESS Asteroseismic Science Consortium. The ATL uses the Gaia Data Release 2 and the Extended Hipparcos Compilation (XHIP) to derive fundamental stellar properties, to calculate detection probabilities, and to produce a rank-ordered target list. We provide a detailed description of how the ATL was produced and calculate expected yields for solar-like oscillators based on the nominal photometric performance by TESS. We also provide a publicly available source code that can be used to reproduce the ATL, thereby enabling comparisons of asteroseismic results from TESS with predictions from synthetic stellar populations.

catalogs; space vehicles: instruments; stars: fundamental parameters; stars: oscillations; surveys; Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series
Volume 241, Number 1, Page 10
2019 March

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Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia