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2004A&A...419.1087C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 419, 1087-1093 (2004/6-1)

On the possible presence of promethium in the spectra of HD 101065 (Przybylski's star) and HD 965.

COWLEY C.R., BIDELMAN W.P., HUBRIG S., MATHYS G. and BORD D.J.

Abstract (from CDS):

Traditional and statistical line-identification methods indicate the presence of Pm I and II, Tc I, and perhaps Tc II in the spectrum of the roAp star HD 101065. These methods also lead to the presence of Pm II and probably also Pm I in a related cool Ap star, HD 965. The spectroscopic evidence is strong enough that we would declare promethium to be present without hesitation, if any of its isotopes were stable. The longest-lived promethium isotope has a half-life of only 17.7 years. The presence of this element would mean that unrecognized processes - perhaps flare activities - are taking place in the atmospheres of these stars. The significance of such processes for galactic chemical evolution cannot be ruled out. We discuss the possibility that the highly improbable wavelength coincidences are due to chance, or due to contamination of the laboratory sources.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: chemically peculiar - stars: abundances - stars: activity - stars: atmospheres - methods: data analysis

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