On the origin of fluorine in the milky way

Agostino Renda, Yeshe Fenner, Brad K. Gibson, Amanda I. Karakas, John C. Lattanzio, Simon Campbell, Alessandro Chieffi, Katia Cunha, Verne V. Smith

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The main astrophysical factories of fluorine (19F) are thought to be Type II supernovae, Wolf-Rayet stars, and the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) of intermediate-mass stars. We present a model for the chemical evolution of fluorine in the Milky Way using a semi-analytic multizone chemical evolution model. For the first time, we demonstrate quantitatively the impact of fluorine nucleosynthesis in Wolf-Rayet and AGB stars. The inclusion of these latter two fluorine production sites provides a possible solution to the long-standing discrepancy between model predictions and the fluorine abundances observed in Milky Way giants. Finally, fluorine is discussed as a possible probe of the role of supernovae and intermediate-mass stars in the chemical evolution history of the globular cluster (ω Centauri.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-580
Number of pages6
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 21 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Galaxies: evolution
  • Stars: abundances
  • Stars: evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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