Radial abundance gradient as a function of height from the plane. The figure includes our five simulations, MUGS-g1536 (in blue diamonds), MaGICC-g1536 (orange diamonds), MUGS-g15784 (cyan triangles), MaGICC-g15784 (red triangles) and 109-CH (green squares), for all disc stars in the radial range 5 <r< 10 kpc. In addition, we present recent observational data and results from other simulations, drawn from the literature, overplotted in the panel (with the caveat that their radial and vertical selection criteria do not exactly match ours). Simulated results are plotted with symbols and observations with lines. Simulations from Rahimi et al. (2014) are represented with purple asterisks and the ones from Minchev et al. (2014) with light green crosses. The values for P-DEVA are indicated with black plus signs. Observational data from Carrell et al. (2012; short dashed and triple dot dashed lines), Cheng et al. (2012; dot dashed line), Anders et al. (2014; long dashed line) and Boeche et al. (2014; dotted line), are shown. The blue vertical dashed line corresponds to the effective force resolution of the simulations, i.e. 314 pc.
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