Chemical constraints on the formation of the Galactic thick disk
Lund Observatory, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund, Sweden
We highlight some results from our detailed abundance analysis study of 703 kinematically selected F and G dwarf stars in the solar neighbourhood. The analysis is based on spectra of high-resolution (R = 45000 to 110 000) and high signal-to-noise (S/N ≈ 150 to 300). The main findings include: (1) at a given metallicity, the thick disk abundance trends are more α-enhanced than those of the thin disk; (2) the metal-rich limit of the thick disk reaches at least solar metallicities; (3) the metal-poor limit of the thin disk is around [Fe/H] ≈−0.8; (4) the thick disk shows an age-metallicity gradient; (5) the thin disk does not show an age-metallicity gradient; (6) the most metal-rich thick disk stars at [Fe/H] ≈ 0 are significantly older than the most metal-poor thin disk stars at [Fe/H] ≈−0.7; (7) based on our elemental abundances we find that kinematical criteria produce thin and thick disk stellar samples that are biased in the sense that stars from the low-velocity tail of the thick disk are classified as thin disk stars, and stars from the high-velocity tail of the thin disk are classified as thick disk stars; (8) age criteria appears to produce thin and thick disk stellar samples with less contamination.
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