The present-day chemical composition of the LMC

W.R.J. Rolleston, Philip Dufton, C. Trundle

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High-resolution observations of five OB-type main-sequence stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) have been obtained with the UCL echelle spectrograph on the 3.9-m Anglo-Australian Telescope. These spectra have been analysed using LTE model- atmosphere techniques, to derive stellar atmospheric parameters and chemical compositions. As these stars are located within the hydrogen burning main-sequence band, their surface abundances should reflect those of the present-day interstellar medium. Detailed line-by-line differential analyses have been undertaken relative to Galactic comparison stars. We conclude that there exists a general metal deficiency of - 0.31 +/- 0.04 dex within the LMC, and find no significant abundance variations between cluster and field stars. There is also tentative evidence to suggest a lower oxygen to iron abundance ratio, and an over-deficiency of magnesium relative to the other alpha-elements. These are discussed in terms of previous abundance analyses and models of discontinuous (or bursting) star formation within the LMC. Finally, there is some evidence to suggest a greater chemical enrichment of material within the H. region LH104.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

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  • Space and Planetary Science

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