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We present chromospheric activity index SHK measurements for over 13,000 F, G and K disk stars with high signal-to-noise ratio (> 60) spectra in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Data Release 7 (DR7) spectroscopic sample. A parameter S is defined as the difference between SHK and a ‘zero’ emission line fitted by several of the most inactive stars. The SHK indices of subgiant stars tend to be much lower than dwarfs, which provide a way to distinguish dwarfs and giants with relatively low resolution spectra. Cooler stars are generally more active and display a larger scatter than hotter stars. Stars associated with the thick disk are in general less active than those of the thin disk. The fraction of K dwarfs that are active drops with vertical distance from the Galactic plane. Metallicity affects SHK measurements differently among F, G and K dwarfs in this sample. Using the open clusters NGC 2420, M67 and NGC6791 as calibrations, ages of most field stars in this SDSS sample range from 3-8 Gyr.

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The Astrophysical journal



The Institute of Physics

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Dr. Oswalt was not affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the time this paper was published.