A search for new hot subdwarf stars by means of virtual observatory tools II

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Pérez Fernández, E., Ulla, A., Solano, E., Oreiro, R., Rodrigo, C. 2016. A search for new hot subdwarf stars by means of virtual observatory tools II. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 457, 3, 3396-3408 DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw200

Recent massive sky surveys in different bandwidths are providing new opportunities to modern astronomy. The Virtual Observatory (VO) represents the adequate framework to handle the huge amount of information available and filter out data according to specific requirements. In this work, we applied a selection strategy to find new, uncatalogued hot subdwarfs making use of VO tools. We used large area catalogues like GALEX, Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), SuperCosmos and Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) to retrieve photometric and astrometric information of stellar objects. To these objects, we applied colour and proper motion filters, together with an effective temperature cutoff, aimed at separating hot subdwarfs from other blue objects such as white dwarfs, cataclysmic variables or main-sequence OB stars. As a result, we obtained 437 new, uncatalogued hot subdwarf candidates. Based on previous results, we expect our procedure to have an overall efficiency of at least 80 per cent. Visual inspection of the 68 candidates with SDSS spectrum showed that 65 can be classified as hot subdwarfs: 5 sdOs, 25 sdOBs and 35 sdBs. This success rate above 95 per cent proves the robustness and efficiency of our methodology. The spectral energy distribution of 45 per cent of the subdwarf candidates showed infrared excesses, a signature of their probable binary nature. The stellar companions of the binary systems so detected are expected to be late-type main-sequence stars. A detailed determination of temperatures and spectral classification of the cool companions will be presented in a forthcoming work.

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