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Session 8 - Milky Way Structure.
Display session, Monday, June 10
Great Hall,

[8.02] The Structure of the Galaxy as Determined from its Field Stars

J. A. Larsen, F. Berendse, R. M. Humphreys (U. Minnesota)

We present the preliminary results of a globally fitted galactic model to our eighty-eight selected galactic structure fields. The fields are from the Minnesota Automated Plate Scanner Catalog of the first epoch Palomar Observatory Sky Survey. Our fitting technique is a stochastic search based on a genetic algorithm. This technique is superior in computing time to those requiring numerical derivatives or a grid search. In addition we can examine solutions by fitness, giving a method for determining covariance between model parameters in the best few percent of possible solutions. The presentation will also include several visualizations of data and models.

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