A short review of empirical stellar spectral libraries

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I present an overview of empirical stellar spectral libraries, their uses, and (briefly) their history. I focus primarily on their utility for understanding the stellar populations of composite stellar systems, but I show examples of their use for topics ranging from the determination of atmospheric parameters of stars outside the libraries to calibration of stellar atmosphere models to stellar radial velocities. I end by presenting the ``state of the art'' of available stellar spectral libraries focused on stellar population synthesis and what still needs to be done in the near future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstronomical Society of India Conference Series
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • stars: atmospheres
  • galaxies: stellar content
  • catalogues
  • history and philosophy of astronomy

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