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Hinkel N.R.,Arizona State University | Hinkel N.R.,San Francisco State University | Timmes F.X.,Arizona State University | Timmes F.X.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics | And 3 more authors.
Astronomical Journal | Year: 2014

We compile spectroscopic abundance data from 84 literature sources for 50 elements across 3058 stars in the solar neighborhood, within 150 pc of the Sun, to produce the Hypatia Catalog. We evaluate the variability of the spread in abundance measurements reported for the same star by different surveys. We also explore the likely association of the star within the Galactic disk, the corresponding observation and abundance determination methods for all catalogs in Hypatia, the influence of specific catalogs on the overall abundance trends, and the effect of normalizing all abundances to the same solar scale. The resulting stellar abundance determinations in the Hypatia Catalog are analyzed only for thin-disk stars with observations that are consistent between literature sources. As a result of our large data set, we find that the stars in the solar neighborhood may reveal an asymmetric abundance distribution, such that a [Fe/H]-rich group near the midplane is deficient in Mg, Si, S, Ca, Sc II, Cr II, and Ni as compared to stars farther from the plane. The Hypatia Catalog has a wide number of applications, including exoplanet hosts, thick- and thin-disk stars, and stars with different kinematic properties. © 2014. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Jadhav M.,University of Hawaii at Manoa | Pignatari M.,University of Basel | Herwig F.,University of Victoria | Herwig F.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics | And 3 more authors.
Astrophysical Journal Letters | Year: 2013

Graphite is one of the many presolar circumstellar condensate species found in primitive meteorites. While the isotopic compositions of low-density graphite grains indicate an origin in core-collapse supernovae, some high-density grains have extreme isotopic anomalies in C, Ca, and Ti, which cannot be explained by envelope predictions of asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars or theoretical supernova models. The Ca and Ti isotopic anomalies, however, match the predictions of He-shell abundances in AGB stars. In this study, we show that the C, Ca, and Ti isotopic anomalies are consistent with nucleosynthesis predictions of the H-ingestion phase during a very late thermal pulse (VLTP) event in post-AGB stars. The low 12C/13C isotopic ratios in these grains are a result of abundant 12C efficiently capturing the protons that are being ingested during the VLTP. Very high neutron densities of ∼1015 cm-3, typical of the i-process, are achieved during this phase in post-AGB stars. The large 42, 43, 44Ca excesses in some graphite grains are indicative of neutron capture nucleosynthesis during VLTP. The comparison of VLTP nucleosynthesis calculations to the graphite data also indicate that apparent anomalies in the Ti isotopic ratios are due to large contributions from 46, 48Ca, which cannot be resolved from the isobars 46, 48Ti during the measurements. We conclude that presolar graphite grains with moderate to extreme Ca and Ti isotopic anomalies originate in post-AGB stars that suffer a VLTP. © 2013. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Denissenkov P.A.,University of Victoria | Denissenkov P.A.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics | Herwig F.,University of Victoria | Herwig F.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics | And 3 more authors.
Astrophysical Journal | Year: 2013

After off-center C ignition in the cores of super asymptotic giant branch (SAGB) stars, the C flame propagates all the way down to the center, trailing behind it the C-shell convective zone, and thus building a degenerate ONe core. This standard picture is obtained in stellar evolution simulations if the bottom C-shell convection boundary is assumed to be a discontinuity associated with a strict interpretation of the Schwarzschild condition for convective instability. However, this boundary is prone to additional mixing processes, such as thermohaline convection and convective boundary mixing. Using hydrodynamic simulations, we show that contrary to previous results, thermohaline mixing is too inefficient to interfere with the C-flame propagation. However, even a small amount of convective boundary mixing removes the physical conditions required for the C-flame propagation all the way to the center. This result holds even if we allow for some turbulent heat transport in the CBM region. As a result, SAGB stars build in their interiors hybrid C-O-Ne degenerate cores composed of a relatively large CO core (MCO 0.2 M⊙) surrounded by a thick ONe zone (ΔM⊙ONe ≳ 0.85 M⊙) with another thin CO layer above. If exposed by mass loss, these cores will become hybrid C-O-Ne white dwarfs. Otherwise, the ignition of C-rich material in the central core, surrounded by the thick ONe zone, may trigger a thermonuclear supernova (SN) explosion. The quenching of the C-flame may have implications for the ignition mechanism of SN Ia in the double-degenerate merger scenario. © 2013. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Krueger B.K.,State University of New York at Stony Brook | Jackson A.P.,State University of New York at Stony Brook | Jackson A.P.,U.S. Navy | Calder A.C.,State University of New York at Stony Brook | And 5 more authors.
Astrophysical Journal | Year: 2012

We present a study exploring a systematic effect on the brightness of Type Ia supernovae using numerical models that assume the single-degenerate paradigm. Our investigation varied the central density of the progenitor white dwarf at flame ignition, and considered its impact on the explosion yield, particularly the production and distribution of radioactive 56Ni, which powers the light curve. We performed a suite of two-dimensional simulations with randomized initial conditions, allowing us to characterize the statistical trends that we present. The simulations indicate that the production of Fe-group material is statistically independent of progenitor central density, but the mass of stable Fe-group isotopes is tightly correlated with central density, with a decrease in the production of 56Ni at higher central densities. These results imply that progenitors with higher central densities produce dimmer events. We provide details of the post-explosion distribution of 56Ni in the models, including the lack of a consistent centrally located deficit of 56Ni, which may be compared to observed remnants. By performing a self-consistent extrapolation of our model yields and considering the main-sequence lifetime of the progenitor star and the elapsed time between the formation of the white dwarf and the onset of accretion, we develop a brightness-age relation that improves our prediction of the expected trend for single degenerates and we compare this relation with observations. © 2012. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Seitenzahl I.R.,University of Wurzburg | Seitenzahl I.R.,Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics | Timmes F.X.,Arizona State University | Timmes F.X.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics | Magkotsios G.,Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics
Astrophysical Journal | Year: 2014

We revisit the evidence for the contribution of the long-lived radioactive nuclides 44Ti, 55Fe, 56Co, 57Co, and 60Co to the UVOIR light curve of SN 1987A. We show that the V-band luminosity constitutes a roughly constant fraction of the bolometric luminosity between 900 and 1900 days, and we obtain an approximate bolometric light curve out to 4334 days by scaling the late time V-band data by a constant factor where no bolometric light curve data is available. Considering the five most relevant decay chains starting at 44Ti, 55Co, 56Ni, 57Ni, and 60Co, we perform a least squares fit to the constructed composite bolometric light curve. For the nickel isotopes, we obtain best fit values of M(56Ni) = (7.1 ± 0.3) × 10 -2 M ⊙ and M(57Ni) = (4.1 ± 1.8) × 10-3 M ⊙. Our best fit 44Ti mass is M(44Ti) = (0.55 ± 0.17) × 10-4 M ⊙, which is in disagreement with the much higher (3.1 ± 0.8) × 10-4 M ⊙ recently derived from INTEGRAL observations. The associated uncertainties far exceed the best fit values for 55Co and 60Co and, as a result, we only give upper limits on the production masses of M(55Co) < 7.2 × 10-3 M ⊙ and M(60Co) < 1.7 × 10-4 M ⊙. Furthermore, we find that the leptonic channels in the decay of 57Co (internal conversion and Auger electrons) are a significant contribution and constitute up to 15.5% of the total luminosity. Consideration of the kinetic energy of these electrons is essential in lowering our best fit nickel isotope production ratio to [57Ni/56Ni] = 2.5 ± 1.1, which is still somewhat high but is in agreement with gamma-ray observations and model predictions. © 2014. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

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