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Want to find planets? Track the lithium

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A spectrographic survey has found that stars with planets – like our Sun – tend to have a lot less lithium in their make-up than comparable stars without planetary systems. It is not yet clear how this comes about, but it points the way to a shortcut to finding new exoplanetary systems.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4004.2009.50604_2.x

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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