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2019MNRAS.486.3586D - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 486, 3586-3603 (2019/July-1)

HERBS I: Metallicity and alpha enhancement along the Galactic bulge minor axis.


Abstract (from CDS):

To better understand the origin and evolution of the Milky Way bulge, we have conducted a survey of bulge red giant branch and clump stars using the High Efficiency and Resolution Multi-Element Spectrograph on the Anglo-Australian Telescope. We targeted ARGOS survey stars with predetermined bulge memberships, covering the full metallicity distribution function. The spectra have signal-to-noise ratios comparable to, and were analysed using the same methods as the GALAH survey. In this work, we present the survey design, stellar parameters, distribution of metallicity, and alpha-element abundances along the minor bulge axis at latitudes b = -10°, - 7.5°, and -5°. Our analysis of ARGOS stars indicates that the centroids of ARGOS metallicity components should be located ≃0.09 dex closer together. The vertical distribution of α-element abundances is consistent with the varying contributions of the different metallicity components. Closer to the plane, alpha abundance ratios are lower as the metal-rich population dominates. At higher latitudes, the alpha abundance ratios increase as the number of metal-poor stars increases. However, we find that the trend of alpha-enrichment with respect to metallicity is independent of latitude. Comparison of our results with those of GALAH DR2 revealed that for [Fe/H] ≃ -0.8, the bulge shares the same abundance trend as the high-α disc population. However, the metal-poor bulge population ([Fe/H] <= -0.8) show enhanced alpha abundance ratios compared to the disc/halo. These observations point to fairly rapid chemical evolution in the bulge, and that the metal-poor bulge population does not share the same similarity with the disc as the more metal-rich populations.

Abstract Copyright: © 2019 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society

Journal keyword(s): stars: abundances - stars: general - Galaxy: bulge - Galaxy: evolution - Galaxy: formation

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