The Asteroseismic Target List (ATL) for solar-like oscillators observed in 2-minute cadence with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

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  • D. Huber
  • G. R. Davies
  • T. Appourchaux
  • S. Basu
  • T. R. Bedding
  • J. Christensen-Dalsgaard
  • O. Creevey
  • R. A. Garcia
  • Rasmus Handberg
  • S. D. Kawaler
  • H. Kjeldsen
  • D. W. Latham
  • Mikkel Lund
  • T. S. Metcalfe
  • G. R. Ricker
  • A. Serenelli
  • V. Silva Aguirre
  • D. Stello
  • R. Vanderspek

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We present the target list of solar-type stars to be observed in short-cadence (2-min) for asteroseismology by the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) during its 2-year nominal survey mission. The solar-like Asteroseismic Target List (ATL) is comprised of bright, cool main-sequence and subgiant stars and forms part of the larger target list of the TESS Asteroseismic Science Consortium (TASC). The ATL uses Gaia DR2 and the Extended Hipparcos Compilation (XHIP) to derive fundamental stellar properties, calculate detection probabilities and produce a rank-ordered target list. We provide a detailed description of how the ATL was produced and calculate expected yields for solar-like oscillators based on the nominal photometric performance by TESS. We also provide publicly available source code which can be used to reproduce the ATL, thereby enabling comparisons of asteroseismic results from TESS with predictions from synthetic stellar populations.

Bibliographic note

13 pages, 11 figures; accepted for publication in Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series


Original languageEnglish
Article number12
Number of pages10
JournalAstrophysical Journal. Supplement Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2019


  • astro-ph.SR, catalogs, space vehicles: instruments, stars: fundamental parameters, – stars: oscillations, surveys Supporting material: machine-readable table