Self-enrichment of merging stellar clusters

Natalie R. Hinkel, Evan Scannapieco, Francis Timmes

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We examine the mass-metallicity trend of nearby z ∼ 0.1 galaxies presented by Tremonti et al. (2004) and compare it to detailed chemical evolution models. Our study was done in order to identify the environmental factors that govern observed metallicities. We found that the Tremonti data might not have been coeval, which would lead to a degeneracy between metallicity and age. While metallicity was measured using oxygen lines, we found that other metals offer different evolutions and therefore, various predictions for a mass-metallicity relationship. We also present initial studies investigating how short stellar lifetimes and metals ejected by massive stars influenced the observed chemical abundance variations in 10 4 - 10 6M galaxies. We will incorporate all of these factors into a hydrodynamic model to simulate the recent merger history of nearby galaxies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of Science
StatePublished - 2008
Event10th Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos, NIC 2008 - Mackinac Island, MI, United States
Duration: Jul 27 2008Aug 1 2008


Other10th Symposium on Nuclei in the Cosmos, NIC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMackinac Island, MI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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