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Title: Heavy elements in globular clusters: The role of asymptotic giant branch stars

Recent observations of heavy elements in globular clusters reveal intriguing deviations from the standard paradigm of the early galactic nucleosynthesis. If the r-process contamination is a common feature of halo stars, s-process enhancements are found in a few globular clusters only. We show that the combined pollution of asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars with a mass ranging between 3 to 6 M {sub ☉} may account for most of the features of the s-process overabundance in M4 and M22. In these stars, the s process is a mixture of two very different neutron-capture nucleosynthesis episodes. The first is due to the {sup 13}C(α, n){sup 16}O reaction and takes place during the interpulse periods. The second is due to the {sup 22}Ne(α, n){sup 25}Mg reaction and takes place in the convective zones generated by thermal pulses. The production of the heaviest s elements (from Ba to Pb) requires the first neutron burst, while the second produces large overabundances of light s (Rb, Sr, Y, Zr). The first mainly operates in the less massive AGB stars, while the second dominates in the more massive. From the heavy-s/light-s ratio, we derive that the pollution phase should last for 150 ± 50 Myr, amore » period short enough compared to the formation timescale of the globular cluster system, but long enough to explain why the s-process pollution is observed in a few cases only. With few exceptions, our theoretical prediction provides a reasonable reproduction of the observed s-process abundances, from Sr to Hf. However, Ce is probably underproduced by our models, while Rb and Pb are overproduced. Possible solutions are discussed.« less
Authors:
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  1. INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Collurania, I-64100 Teramo (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22357141
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 785; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; 73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; ABUNDANCE; ALPHA REACTIONS; ASYMPTOTIC SOLUTIONS; CARBON 13 TARGET; GALAXIES; GIANT STARS; MASS; NEON 22 TARGET; NEUTRON EMISSION; NEUTRON REACTIONS; NUCLEOSYNTHESIS; OXYGEN 16; R PROCESS; S PROCESS; STAR CLUSTERS; STARS; VISIBLE RADIATION