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Origin of abundance inhomogeneity in globular clusters

Bekki, Kenji; Campbell, S; Lattanzio, John; Norris, John

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We numerically investigate abundance properties of the Galactic globular clusters (GCs) by adopting a new 'external pollution' scenario. In this framework, GCs are assumed to originate in forming low-mass dwarfs embedded in dark matter subhaloes at very high redshifts (z) and thus be chemically influenced by field asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars of the dwarfs during early GC formation processes. GCs within a dwarf galaxy therefore can be formed from the mixture of (i) gas ejected from the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBekki, Kenji
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, S
dc.contributor.authorLattanzio, John
dc.contributor.authorNorris, John
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:38:39Z
dc.identifier.issn0035-8711
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/23520
dc.description.abstractWe numerically investigate abundance properties of the Galactic globular clusters (GCs) by adopting a new 'external pollution' scenario. In this framework, GCs are assumed to originate in forming low-mass dwarfs embedded in dark matter subhaloes at very high redshifts (z) and thus be chemically influenced by field asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars of the dwarfs during early GC formation processes. GCs within a dwarf galaxy therefore can be formed from the mixture of (i) gas ejected from the field AGB stars formed earlier in the dwarf and (ii) the interstellar gas infalling to the central region of the dwarf. In this external pollution scenario, the ratio of the total mass of infalling gas to that of AGB ejecta during GC formation in a dwarf (s) and the time-scale of gas infall are the most important key parameters that can determine abundance properties of GCs. We mainly investigate the abundance inhomogeneity among light elements (e.g. C, N, O, Na and Al) of stars in GCs by using the latest stellar yield models of metal-poor AGB stars with and without third dredge-up. Our principal results for the models with no third dredge-up, which are more consistent with observations, are as follows. Based on these results for the above external pollution scenario, we discuss the long-standing problem of the CN-bimodality prevalent in the Galactic GCs, the possible helium abundance inhomogeneity in these systems and their horizontal branch morphologies.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
dc.subjectKeywords: Galaxies: evolution; Galaxies: star clusters; Galaxies: stellar content; Globular clusters: general; Globular clusters: individual: ? Centauri; Globular clusters: individual: NGC 6752
dc.titleOrigin of abundance inhomogeneity in globular clusters
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume377
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor020110 - Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4362859xPUB27
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBekki, Kenji, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationCampbell, S, Monash University
local.contributor.affiliationLattanzio, John, Monash University
local.contributor.affiliationNorris, John, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage335
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage351
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1365-2966.2007.11606.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T10:40:06Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-34247897137
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