Discovery of a super-Li-rich turnoff star in the metal-poor globular cluster NGC 6397

Koch, Andreas and Lind, Karin and Rich, R. Michael (2011) Discovery of a super-Li-rich turnoff star in the metal-poor globular cluster NGC 6397. Astrophysical Journal Letters, 738 (2). ISSN 2041-8205

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We report on the discovery of a super-Li-rich turnoff (TO) star in the old (12 Gyr), metal-poor ([Fe/H] = –2.1 dex) globular cluster (GC) NGC 6397, based on high-resolution MIKE/Magellan spectra. This star shows an unusually high lithium abundance of A(Li)NLTE = 4.03 ± 0.06 ± 0.14 dex (or, 4.21, accounting for possible contamination from a binary companion) that lies above the canonical Li-plateau by a factor of 100. This is the highest Li enhancement found in a Galactic GC dwarf star to date. We discuss several enhancement mechanisms, but none can unambiguously explain such a high overabundance. The spectrum of the star shows a possible indication of binarity, but its line strengths and chemical element abundance ratios are fully compatible with other TO stars in this GC, seemingly ruling out mass transfer from an asymptotic giant branch companion as origin of the high A(Li). A possible cause is an interaction with a red giant that has undergone cool bottom processing.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Astrophysical Journal Letters
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3100/3103
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 83353
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2016 14:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 10:06

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