The Chemical Evolution of Galaxies

  • C. Chiosi
  • Bernard Jones
Conference paper
Part of the Nato Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (ASIC, volume 97)

Abstract

I shall review in these lectures some recent developments in the theoretical interpretation of the distribution and abundances of elements in stars and in the interstellar medium. Nucleosynthesis in stars is responsible for the production of heavy elements in the Galaxy and so the observed abundances form a record of past events of nuclear production. Coupled with dynamical information, galactic chemistry thus provides an important tool for studying the origin and early evolution of galaxies. We shall further recognise that different nuclei are products of different processes, and this will give more detailed insight into how things happened. Thus the isotopes of H and He are indicators of conditions in the Big Bang, while isotopes of elements produced and expelled from metal poor stars are clearly tracers of early galactic evolution. Isotopes produced or destroyed in metal rich stars tell us about more recent nuclear production.

Keywords

Burning Convection Helium Fractionation Hunt 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Chiosi
    • 1
  • Bernard Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Fisica Galileo GalileiPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Institute of AstronomyCambridgeUK

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