Letter to the Editor
Sulphur abundances in disk stars as determined from the forbidden λ10821 [S I] line
Department of Astronomy and Space Physics, Uppsala University, Box 515, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 22 June 2006
Aims.In this paper we aim to study the chemical evolution of sulphur in the galactic disk, using a new optimal abundance indicator: the [S i] line at 10821 Å. Similar to the optimal oxygen indicators, the [O i] lines, the [S i] line has the virtues of being less sensitive to the assumed temperatures of the stars investigated and of likely being less prone to non-LTE effects than other tracers.
Methods.High-resolution, near-infrared spectra of the [S i] line are recorded using the Phoenix spectrometer on the Gemini South telescope. The analysis is based on 1D, LTE model atmospheres using a homogeneous set of stellar parameters.
Results.The [S i] line is suitable for an abundance analysis of disk stars, and the sulphur abundances derived from it are consistent with abundances derived from other tracers. We corroborate that, for disk stars, the trend of sulphur-to-iron ratios with metallicity is similar to that found for other alpha elements, supporting the idea of a common nucleosynthetic origin.
Key words: stars: abundances / stars: atmospheres / stars: late-type / Galaxy: disk / infrared: stars
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