EDP Sciences
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Volume 510, February 2010
Article Number A62
Number of page(s) 12
Section Stellar structure and evolution
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/200912548
Published online 10 February 2010
A&A 510, A62 (2010)

Correlation between technetium and lithium in a sample of oxygen-rich AGB variables[*]

S. Uttenthaler1 - T. Lebzelter2

1 - Instituut voor Sterrenkunde, K. U. Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
2 - Department of Astronomy, University of Vienna, Türkenschanzstraße 17, 1180 Vienna, Austria

Received 20 May 2009 / Accepted 27 October 2009

Context. The elements technetium and lithium are two important indicators of internal nucleosynthesis and mixing in late-type stars. Studying their occurrence and abundance can give deep insight into the structure and evolution in the late phases of the stellar life cycle.
Aims. The aims of this paper are: 1) to revisit the Tc content of a sample of oxygen-rich (M-type) asymptotic giant branch (AGB) variables and 2) to increase the number of such stars for which the Li abundance has been measured to provide constraints on the theoretical models of extra-mixing processes.
Methods. To this end, we analysed high-resolution spectra of 18 sample stars for the presence of absorption lines of Tc and Li. The abundance of the latter was determined by comparing the observed spectra to hydrostatic MARCS model spectra. Bolometric magnitudes were established from near-IR photometry and pulsation periods.
Results. We correct the classification with respect to the presence of Tc for a number of stars. We reclassify the star V441 Cyg as Tc-rich, and the unusual Mira star R Hya, as well as W Eri, as Tc-poor.