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Chemical evolution of r-process elements in the Draco dwarf spheroidal galaxy

  • M. N. Ishigaki (a1), T. Tsujimoto (a2), T. Shigeyama (a3) and W. Aoki (a2)

Abstract

A dominant astrophysical site for r-process, which is responsible for producing heavy neutron-capture elements, is unknown. Dwarf spheroidal galaxies around the Milky Way halo provide ideal laboratories to investigate the origin and evolution of r-process elements. We carried out high-resolution spectroscopic observations of three giant stars in the Draco dwarf spheroidal galaxy to estimate their europium abundances. We found that the upper-limits of [Eu/H] are very low in the range [Fe/H] < −2, while this ratio is nearly constant at higher metallicities. This trend is not well reproduced with models which assume that Eu is produced together with Fe by SNe, and may suggest the contribution from other objects such as neutron-star mergers.

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Chemical evolution of r-process elements in the Draco dwarf spheroidal galaxy

  • M. N. Ishigaki (a1), T. Tsujimoto (a2), T. Shigeyama (a3) and W. Aoki (a2)

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