High-resolution elemental abundance analysis of the open cluster IC 4756

Yuan-Sen Ting, Gayandhi M. De Silva, Kenneth C. Freeman, Stacey-Jo Parker

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Abstract

We present detailed elemental abundances of 12 subgiants in the open cluster IC 4756 including Na, Al, Mg, Si, Ca, Ti, Cr, Ni, Fe, Zn and Ba. We measure the cluster to have [Fe/H] = −0.01 ± 0.10. Most of the measured star-to-star [X/H] abundance variation is below σ < 0.03, as expected from a coeval stellar population preserving natal abundance patterns, supporting the use of elemental abundances as a probe to reconstruct dispersed clusters. We find discrepancies between Cr I and Cr II abundances as well as between Ti I and Ti II abundances, where the ionized abundances are larger by about 0.2 dex. This follows other such studies which demonstrate the effects of overionization in cool stars. IC 4756 are supersolar in Mg, Si, Na and Al, but are solar in the other elements. The fact that IC 4756 is supersolar in some α-elements (Mg, Si) but solar in the others (Ca, Ti) suggests that the production of α-elements is not simply one dimensional and could be exploited for chemical tagging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-892
Number of pages11
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Volume427
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • stars: abundances
  • ISM: abundances
  • ISM: evolution

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