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Metal-rich infall onto the inner disk through the interaction between bulge winds and gaseous halos

  • Takuji Tsujimoto (a1) and Kenji Bekki (a2)

Abstract

We demonstrate for the first time that gaseous halos of disk galaxies can play a vital role in recycling metal-rich gas ejected from the bulges and thus in promoting the chemical evolution of the disks. Our numerical simulations show that metal-rich bulge winds can be accreted onto the thin disks owing to hydrodynamical interaction between the gaseous ejecta and the gaseous halos. Accordingly, we anticipate that chemical abundances of the inner disk stars are significantly influenced by the enriched winds. About ~1% of gaseous ejecta from the bulges can be accreted onto the middle disk corresponding to the sun's position. We discuss these results in the context of the origin of super metal-rich stars in the solar neighborhood as well as an observed flattening of the abundance gradient in the Galactic disk.

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