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S. Eikenberry (U. Florida), R. Blum (CTIO), R. Bandyopadhyay (U. Florida), M. Muno (UCLA), K. Sellgren (Ohio State), K. Olsen (CTIO), F2GCS Team
We describe the FLAMINGOS-2 Galactic Center Survey (F2GCS) -- a near-infrared R ~1300 spectroscopic survey of ~5000 stars in the Galactic Center region. The F2GCS will use FLAMINGOS-2 -- the facility near-infrared wide-field imager and multi-object spectrograph for the Gemini 8-m telescopes, currently under construction at the University of Florida. The two primary science goals of this survey are: (a) spectroscopically identifying IR counterparts to several hundred Chandra X-ray sources in the Galactic Center; (b) developing a sample of several thousand red giant stars which can be used to determine the star formation history of the Galactic Center region. We will describe the basic features of FLAMINGOS-2, the F2GCS observational strategy, and the estimated scientific output of the survey. We will also present the preliminary pre-imaging survey for the F2GCS, recently completed using ISPI on the CTIO 4-m telescope.
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Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 37 #4
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