Smith, Verne V.
Hayes, Christian R.
Lambert, David L.
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CitationRafael Guerço et al 2019 ApJ 885 139
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AbstractThe chemical evolution of fluorine is investigated in a sample of Milky Way red giant stars that span a significant range in metallicity from [Fe/H] ? ?1.3 to 0.0 dex. Fluorine abundances are derived from vibration-rotation lines of HF in high-resolution infrared spectra near 2.335 ?m. The red giants are members of the thin and thick disk/halo, with two stars being likely members of the outer disk Monoceros overdensity. At lower metallicities, with [Fe/H] < ?0.4 to ?0.5, the abundance of F varies as a primary element with respect to the Fe abundance, with a constant subsolar value of [F/Fe] ? ?0.3 to ?0.4 dex. At larger metallicities, however, [F/Fe] increases rapidly with [Fe/H] and displays a near-secondary behavior with respect to Fe. Comparisons with various models of chemical evolution suggest that in the low-metallicity regime (dominated here by thick-disk stars), a primary evolution of F-19 with Fe, with a subsolar [F/Fe] value that roughly matches the observed plateau, can be reproduced by a model incorporating neutrino nucleosynthesis in the aftermath of the core collapse in Type II supernovae. A primary behavior for [F/Fe] at low metallicity is also observed for a model including rapidly rotating low-metallicity massive stars, but this overproduces [F/Fe] at low metallicity. The thick-disk red giants in our sample span a large range of galactocentric distance (R-g ? 6?13.7 kpc) yet display a roughly constant value of [F/Fe], indicating a very flat gradient (with a slope of 0.02 0.03 dex kpc(?1)) of this elemental ratio over a significant portion of the Galaxy having ?Z? 300 pc away from the Galaxy midplane.
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SponsorsCrafoord Foundation; Stiftelsen Olle Engkvist ByggmastareSwedish Research Council; Ruth och Nils-Erik Stenbacks stiftelse; Spanish grants within the European Founds for Regional Development (FEDER)European Union (EU) [AYA2015-63588-P, PGC2018-095317-B-C21]