Research Division Seminar
Halo substructures seen by Gaia
Only recently, thanks to the Gaia, have we been able to directly measure how our own Galaxy was formed since its infancy, by cannibalizing smaller galaxies formed at the core of dark matter subhalos. These accretion events can be seen as kinematic groups and may have brought their own group of globular clusters, some of which are only seen today as their remnant cold stellar streams. Here I will discuss how the main accretion events unveiled by Gaia can be linked to previously known halo substructures, mainly large stellar clouds identified more than a decade ago in large photometric surveys. Additionally I will discuss the Jhelum stellar stream in the light of its interaction with the Sagittarius stream, which can give us insight on the details of this ongoing accretion event. Finally, I will briefly discuss how the new Gaia XP DR3 spectra is aiding in the identification of metal-poor unmixed halo substructures in the solar neighbourhood, highlighting the case of ED-2, a [Fe/H] = -2.5 cold stellar stream in which the Sun is embedded in.
About the talk
Kapteyn Institute at the University of Groningen