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Xenon in Mercury-Manganese Stars

Dworetsky, MM; Persaud, JL; Patel, K; (2008) Xenon in Mercury-Manganese Stars. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 385 (3) pp. 1523-1529. 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.12937.x. Green open access

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Previous studies of elemental abundances in Mercury-Manganese (HgMn) stars have occasionally reported the presence of lines of the ionized rare noble gas Xe II, especially in a few of the hottest stars with Teff ~ 13000--15000 K. A new study of this element has been undertaken using observations from Lick Observatory's Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph. In this work, the spectrum synthesis program UCLSYN has been used to undertake abundance analysis assuming LTE. We find that in the Smith & Dworetsky sample of HgMn stars, Xe is vastly over-abundant in 21 of 22 HgMn stars studied, by factors of 3.1--4.8 dex. There does not appear to be a significant correlation of Xe abundance with Teff. A comparison sample of normal late B stars shows no sign of Xe II lines that could be detected, consistent with the expected weakness of lines at normal abundance. The main reason for the previous lack of widespread detection in HgMn stars is probably due to the strongest lines being at longer wavelengths than the photographic blue. The lines used in this work were 4603.03A, 4844.33A and 5292.22A.

Type: Article
Title: Xenon in Mercury-Manganese Stars
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.12937.x
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2966.2008.12937.x
Language: English
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Keywords: stars: abundances, stars: atmospheres, stars: chemically peculiar
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Physics and Astronomy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10080299
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