Reconstructing fossil sub-structures of the Galactic disk

Clues from abundance patterns of old open clusters and moving groups

G. M. De Silva, K. C. Freeman, J. Bland-Hawthorn

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Abstract

The long term goal of large-scale chemical tagging is to use stellar elemental abundances as a tracer of dispersed substructures of the Galactic disk. The identification of such lost stellar aggregates and the exploration of their chemical properties will be key in understanding the formation and evolution of the disk. Present day stellar structures such as open clusters and moving groups are the ideal testing grounds for the viability of chemical tagging, as they are believed to be the remnants of the original larger star-forming aggregates. Until recently, high accuracy elemental abundance studies of open clusters and moving groups having been lacking in the literature. In this paper we examine recent high resolution abundance studies of open clusters to explore the various abundance trends and reasses the prospects of large-scale chemical tagging.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-16
Number of pages6
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

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