Lithium Abundance in Pop.II Stars A post-HIPPARCOS discussion
Authors: Spite, F.; Spite, M.; Hill, V.
Source: Space Science Reviews, Volume 84, Numbers 1-2, April 1998 , pp. 155-160(6)
Abstract:The relation between the lithium abundance observed in Population II stars and the primordial abundance, is still an open question (see Cayrel and Duncan, this meeting). A few recent results are discussed. HIPPARCOS data show that the standard model of stellar evolution can explain the 6Li detection in HD 84937, suggesting a negligible depletion of 7Li. A slope in the Li/Teff relation for Pop II dwarfs and a spread of their Li abundance have been advocated, and both used as arguments in favor of Li depletion. The slope is not confirmed when two other independent temperature scales are used. The Li scatter around the plateau is hardly larger than the scatter predicted from determination errors. Hints from a scatter of Li in subgiants of the globular cluster M92 are not completely conclusive. The determination of more accurate Li abundances in the Pop II stars is an urgent but difficult task, requiring better model atmosphere (better convection treatment) and the help of observational data about Pop II stars (such as long base interferometry).
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: Observatoire de Paris, DASGAL et URA 335 du CNRS Place Janssen, 92195 Meudon Cedex, France
Publication date: April 1998