Fluorine abundances in the galaxy

K. Cunha, V. V. Smith

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The astrophysical origins of the element fluorine remain uncertain due in part to the availability of just a small number of abundance results for this element, that has readily observable transitions only in the infrared via vibration-rotation lines of HF. In this paper, we discuss all the available Galactic fluorine abundances to date, and add results for field stars with metallicities between [Fe/H] = -0.5 and -1.0, plus two stars that are members of the Orion association. The fluorine abundances obtained for the young Orion members are found to be in agreement with the trend of [F/O] versus O observed for the disk and they are a good representation of the present day value in the Galactic disk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChemical Abundances and Mixing in Stars in the Milky Way and its Satellites
EditorsSofia Randich, Luca Pasquini
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameESO Astrophysics Symposia
ISSN (Print)1431-2433
ISSN (Electronic)1611-6143

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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