Detection of Zinc in the Very Metal-Poor Post-AGB Star HR 4049
We report on the detection of two Zn <FONT SIZE="-2">I lines at 4722.15Å and 4810.53Å in the high-quality spectrum of the very metal-poor post-AGB star HR4049, which was obtained with the High Dispersion Spectrograph attached to the Subaru Telescope. The strengths of these lines indicate an appreciable underabundance of Zn by ~ -1.3 dex relative to the Sun. The fact that this volatile element, similarly to others belonging to the same group (e.g., C, N, O, S), does not conform to the extreme depletion ( > 4 dex) of refractory metals (e.g., Fe), strongly suggests that grain formation has something to do with the origin of the chemical peculiarity. This (not extremely but significantly) subsolar value of [Zn/H] is quantitatively discussed in connection with those of other volatile species, especially with respect to S. We also detected a new Fe <FONT SIZE="-2">II line at 5159.03Å along with the already known Fe <FONT SIZE="-2">II 4923.93Å line; based on these two lines the Fe abundance of HR4049 is determined to be ~ 2.8 ([Fe/H] ~ -4.7).
Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan
- Pub Date:
- October 2002
- stars: abundances;
- stars: individual (HR 4049);
- stars: post-AGB