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The X-shooter Spectral Library (XSL): Data Release 3

K. Verro
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S. C. Trager
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R. F. Peletier
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A. Vazdekis
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Y. -P. Chen
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P. R. T. Coelho
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P. Sánchez-Blázquez
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L. Martins
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M. Lyubenova
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J. Falcón-Barroso
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M. Dries
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We present the third data release (DR3) of the X-shooter Spectral Library (XSL). This moderate-to-high resolution, near-ultraviolet-to-near-infrared (350-2480 nm, R ∼ 10 000) spectral library is composed of 830 stellar spectra of 683 stars. DR3 improves upon the previous data release by providing the combined de-reddened spectra of the three X-shooter segments over the full 350-2480 nm wavelength range. It also includes additional 20 M-dwarf spectra from the ESO archive. We provide detailed comparisons between this library and Gaia EDR3, MILES, NGSL, CaT library, and (E-)IRTF. The normalised rms deviation is better than D = 0.05 or 5% for the majority of spectra in common between MILES (144 spectra of 180), NGSL (112/116), and (E-)IRTF (55/77) libraries. Comparing synthetic colours of those spectra reveals only negligible offsets and small rms scatter, such as the median offset(rms) 0.001 ± 0.040 mag in the (box1 − box2) colour of the UVB arm, −0.004 ± 0.028 mag in (box3 − box4) of the VIS arm, and −0.001 ± 0.045 mag in (box2 − box3) colour between the UVB and VIS arms, when comparing stars in common with MILES. We also find an excellent agreement between the Gaia published (BP − RP) colours and those measured from the XSL DR3 spectra, with a zero median offset and an rms scatter of 0.037 mag for 449 non-variable stars. The unmatched characteristics of this library, which combine a relatively high resolution, a large number of stars, and an extended wavelength coverage, will help us to bridge the gap between the optical and the near-IR studies of intermediate and old stellar populations, and to probe low-mass stellar systems.

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K. Verro, S. C. Trager, R. F. Peletier, A. Lançon, A. Gonneau, et al.. The X-shooter Spectral Library (XSL): Data Release 3. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, 2022, 660, ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/202142388⟩. ⟨insu-03658751⟩
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