The carbon abundance in main-sequence B-type stars towards the Galactic anti-centre

R.E. Hibbins, Philip Dufton, Stephen Smartt, W.R.J. Rolleston

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Differential carbon abundances (based on the C II doublet at 6580 Angstrom) are presented for eight early type stars, towards the Galactic anti-centre. All the stars have similar atmospheric parameters with effective temperatures in the range 25000-29000 K and surface gravities between log g = 3.9-4.3 dex. The derived photospheric abundances vary by up to 0.6 dex, and with the exception of one star, RLWT-41, the differential abundances are found to be closely correlated with those of nitrogen. This implies that both elements may have been formed by similar mechanisms and that the lack of correlation between the nitrogen and oxygen abundances previously found in this sample is not directly due to CNO-processed core material being mixed to the stellar surface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-685
Number of pages5
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 1998

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  • Space and Planetary Science


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