AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 181 Probing the Galactic Center
Poster, Thursday, 9:20am-4:00pm, January 12, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[181.10] The FLAMINGOS-2 Galactic Center Survey

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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