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2009ApJ...704.1262T - Astrophys. J., 704, 1262-1273 (2009/October-3)

Influence of thermohaline convection on diffusion-induced iron accumulation in a stars.


Abstract (from CDS):

Atomic diffusion may lead to heavy-element accumulation inside stars in certain specific layers. Iron accumulation in the Z-bump opacity region has been invoked by several authors to quantitatively account for abundance anomalies observed in some stars, or to account for stellar oscillations through the induced κ-mechanism. These authors, however, never took into account the fact that such an accumulation creates an inverse µ-gradient, unstable for thermohaline convection. Here, we present results for A-F stars, where abundance variations are computed with and without this process. We show that iron accumulation is still present when thermohaline convection is taken into account, but much reduced compared to when this physical process is neglected. The consequences of thermohaline convection for A-type stars as well as for other types of stars are presented.

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Journal keyword(s): convection - diffusion - hydrodynamics - stars: abundances - stars: oscillations

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