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- K dwarfs and the chemical evolution of the solar cylinder
- Kotoneva, Eira; Flynn, Chris; Chiappini, Cristina; Matteucci, Francesca
- K-dwarfs have life-times older than the present age of the Galactic disc, and are thus ideal stars to investigate the disc's chemical evolution. We have developed several photometric metallicity indicators for K dwarfs, based an a sample of accurate spectroscopic metallicities for 34 disc and halo G and K dwarfs. The photometric metallicities lead us to develop a metallicity index for K dwarfs based only on their position in the colour absolute-magnitude diagram. Metallicities have been determined for 431 single K dwarfs drawn from the Hipparcos catalog, selecting the stars by absolute magnitude and removing multiple systems. The sample is essentially a complete reckoning of the metal content in nearby K dwarfs. We use stellar isochrones to mark the stars by mass, and select a subset of 220 of the stars which is complete in a narrow mass interval. We fit the data with a model of the chemical evolution of the Solar cylinder. We find that only a modest cosmic scatter is required to fit our age metallicity relation. The model assumes two main infall episodes for the formation of the halo-thick disc and thin disc respectively. The new data confirms that the solar neighbourhood formed on a long timescale of order 7 Gyr.
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing
- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 336, no. 3 (Nov 2002), pp. 879-891
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