HOW MANY NUCLEOSYNTHESIS PROCESSES EXIST AT LOW METALLICITY?
Abundances of low-metallicity stars offer a unique opportunity to understand the contribution and conditions of the different processes that synthesize heavy elements. Many old, metal-poor stars show a robust abundance pattern for elements heavier than Ba, and a less robust pattern between Sr and Ag. Here we probe if two nucleosynthesis processes are sufficient to explain the stellar abundances at low metallicity, and we carry out a site independent approach to separate the contribution from these two processes or components to the total observationally derived abundances. Our approach provides a method to determine the contribution of each process to the production of elements such as Sr, Zr, Ba, and Eu. We explore the observed star-to-star abundance scatter as a function of metallicity that each process leads to. Moreover, we use the deduced abundance pattern of one of the nucleosynthesis components to constrain the astrophysical conditions of neutrino-driven winds from core-collapse supernovae.
- Landessternwarte, ZAH, Heidelberg University, Königstuhl 12, D-69117 Heidelberg (Germany)
- Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 (United States)
- Institut für Kernphysik, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Schlossgartenstr. 2, Darmstadt D-64289 (Germany)
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- Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 797; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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- United States
- 79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ABUNDANCE; ASTROPHYSICS; BARIUM; ELEMENT ABUNDANCE; GALAXIES; METALLICITY; NEUTRINOS; NUCLEOSYNTHESIS; PROBES; SILVER; STELLAR WINDS; STRONTIUM; SUPERNOVAE