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2006ApJ...640L..35B - Astrophys. J., 640, L35-L38 (2006/March-3)

A successful targeted search for hypervelocity stars.


Abstract (from CDS):

Hypervelocity stars (HVSs) travel with velocities so extreme that dynamical ejection from a massive black hole is their only suggested origin. Following the discovery of the first HVS by Brown and collaborators, we have undertaken a dedicated survey for more HVSs in the Galactic halo and present here the resulting discovery of two new HVSs: SDSS J091301.0+305120 and SDSS J091759.5+672238, traveling with Galactic rest-frame velocities of at least +558±12 and +638 ±12 km/s, respectively. Assuming the HVSs are B8 main-sequence stars, they are at distances of ∼75 and ∼55 kpc, respectively, and have travel times from the Galactic center consistent with their lifetimes. The existence of two B8 HVSs in our 1900 deg2 survey, combined with the Yu & Tremaine HVS rate estimates, is consistent with HVSs drawn from a standard initial mass function but inconsistent with HVS drawn from a truncated mass function like the one in the top-heavy Arches cluster. The travel times of the five currently known HVSs provide no evidence for a burst of HVSs from a major infall event at the Galactic center in the last ∼160 Myr.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: Center - Galaxy: Halo - Galaxy: Kinematics and Dynamics - Galaxy: Stellar Content - Stars: Early-Type

Nomenclature: Table 1: [BGK2006] HV N (Nos 1-5).

Simbad objects: 11

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