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Astron. Astrophys. 356, 108-117 (2000)

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CADIS deep star counts: Galactic structure and the stellar luminosity function

S. Phleps 1, K. Meisenheimer 1, B. Fuchs 2 and C. Wolf 1

1 Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Königstuhl 17, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
2 Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Mönchhofstrasse 12-14, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Received 2 June 1999 / Accepted 3 December 1999


In this paper we present the first results of deep star counts carried out within the C alar A lto D eep I maging S urvey, CADIS (Meisenheimer et al. 1998). Although CADIS was designed as an extragalactic survey, it also attempts to identify the stars in the fields in order to avoid confusion with quasars and compact galaxies.

We have identified a sample of about 300 faint stars ([FORMULA]), which are well suited to study the structure of the Galaxy. The stars lie in two fields with central coordinates [FORMULA], [FORMULA] (Galactic coordinates: [FORMULA], [FORMULA]) and [FORMULA], [FORMULA] ([FORMULA], [FORMULA]) (hereafter 16h and 9h field, respectively. The stars have been separated from galaxies by a classification scheme based on photometric spectra and morphological criteria. Distances were derived by photometric parallaxes. We are able to find stars up to distances of [FORMULA] kpc above the Galactic plane. The vertical density distribution of the stars shows the contribution of the thin disk, the stellar halo and the "thick disk" of the Galaxy. We give quantitative descriptions of the components in terms of exponential disks and a de Vaucouleurs spheroid. For the disk stars we derive the luminosity function. It is equal within the errors to the local luminosity function and continues to rise out to at least [FORMULA] = 13. Implications for the mass function are briefly discussed.

Key words: Galaxy: structure – stars: luminosity function, mass function

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Online publication: March 28, 2000