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Enrichment of Thorium (Th) and Lead (Pb) in the early Galaxy

  • Wako Aoki (a1) and Satoshi Honda (a2)

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We have been determining abundances of Th, Pb and other neutron-capture elements in metal-deficient cool giant stars to constrain the enrichment of heavy elements by the r- and s-processes. Our current sample covers the metallicity range between [Fe/H] = −2.5 and −1.0. (1) The abundance ratios of Pb/Fe and Pb/Eu of most of our stars are approximately constant, and no increase of these ratios with increasing metallicity is found. This result suggests that the Pb abundances of our sample are determined by the r-process with no or little contribution of the s-process. (2) The Th/Eu abundance ratios of our sample show no significant scatter, and the average is lower by 0.2 dex in the logarithmic scale than the solar-system value. This result indicates that the actinides production by the r-process does not show large dispersion, even though r-process models suggest high sensitivity of the actinides production to the nucleosynthesis environment.

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Aoki, W., Honda, S., Sadakane, K., & Arimoto, N. 2007, PASJ, 59, L15
Aoki, W. & Honda, S., 2008, PASJ, 60, L1
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Enrichment of Thorium (Th) and Lead (Pb) in the early Galaxy

  • Wako Aoki (a1) and Satoshi Honda (a2)

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