A Comparison of Stellar Elemental Abundance Techniques and Measurements

Abstract : Stellar elemental abundances are important for understanding the fundamental properties of a star or stellar group, such as age and evolutionary history, as well as the composition of an orbiting planet. However, as abundance measurement techniques have progressed, there has been little standardization between individual methods and their comparisons. As a result, different stellar abundance procedures determine measurements that vary beyond quoted error for the same elements within the same stars (Hinkel et al. 2014). The purpose of this paper is to better understand the systematic variations between methods and offer recommendations for producing more accurate results in the future. We have invited a number of participants from around the world (Australia, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and USA) to calculate ten element abundances (C, O, Na, Mg, Al, Si, Fe, Ni, Ba, and Eu) using the same stellar spectra for four stars (HD361, HD10700, HD121504, HD202206). Each group produced measurements for each of the stars using: 1) their own autonomous techniques, 2) standardized stellar parameters, 3) standardized line list, and 4) both standardized parameters and line list. We present the resulting stellar parameters, absolute abundances, and a metric of data similarity that quantifies homogeneity of the data. We conclude that standardization of some kind, particularly stellar parameters, improves the consistency between methods. However, because results did not converge as more free parameters were standardized, it is clear there are inherent issues within the techniques that need to be reconciled. Therefore, we encourage more conversation and transparency within the community such that stellar abundance determinations can be reproducible as well as accurate and precise.
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Astrophysical Journal Supplement, American Astronomical Society, 2016, pp.arXiv:1607.03130
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Natalie R., Hinkel, Patrick A., Young, Michael D., Pagano, Steven J., Desch, Ariel D., Anbar, et al.. A Comparison of Stellar Elemental Abundance Techniques and Measurements. Astrophysical Journal Supplement, American Astronomical Society, 2016, pp.arXiv:1607.03130. <hal-01345217>

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