Improved oscillator strengths and wavelengths for Os I and Ir I, and new results on early r-process nucleosynthesis

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The radioactive decay of <SUP>238</SUP>U and <SUP>232</SUP>Th has recently been used to determine ages for some of the oldest stars in the Universe. This has highlighted the need for accurate observational constraints on production models for the heaviest r-process elements which might serve as stable references, notably osmium and iridium. In order to provide a firmer basis for the observed abundances, we have performed laser-induced fluorescence measurements and Fourier Transform Spectroscopy to determine new radiative lifetimes and branching fractions for selected levels in Os I and Ir I. From these data, we determine new absolute oscillator strengths and improved wavelengths for18 Os I and 4 Ir I lines. A reanalysis of VLT spectra of CS 31082-001and new results for other stars with Os and Ir detections show that (i):the lines in the UV and lambda 4260 yield reliable Os abundances, while those at lambda lambda 4135, 4420 are heavily affected by blending; (ii): the Os and Ir abundances are identical in all the stars; (iii): the heavy-element abundances in very metal-poor stars conform closely to the scaled solar r-process pattern throughout the range 56 <= Z <= 77; and (iv): neither Os or Ir nor any lighter species are suitable as reference elements for the radioactive decay of Th and U.Based in part on observations obtained with the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory at Paranal, Chile.


  • Stefan Ivarsson
  • J. Andersen
  • Birgitta Nordström
  • X Dai
  • Sveneric Johansson
  • Hans Lundberg
  • Hampus Nilsson
  • V. Hill
  • Martin Lundqvist
  • J. F. Wyart
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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Atom- och molekylfysik och optik
  • Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi


Sidor (från-till)1141-1149
TidskriftAstronomy & Astrophysics
Utgåva nummer3
StatusPublished - 2003
Peer review utfördJa


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Stefan Ivarsson, 2004, Stefan Ivarsson, Box 43, 221 00, Lund,. 102 s.

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