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Paper: Interplay between Diffusion, Accretion and Nuclear Reactions in the Atmospheres of Sirius and Przybylski’s Star
Volume: 362, The Seventh Pacific Rim Conference on Stellar Astrophysics
Page: 46
Authors: Yushchenko, A.; Gopka, V.; Goriely, S.; Lambert, D.; Shavrina, A.; Kang, Y.W.; Rostopchin, S.; Valyavin, G.; Lee, B.-C.; Kim, C.
Abstract: The abundance anomalies in chemically peculiar B-F stars are usually explained by diffusion of chemical elements in the stable atmospheres of these stars. But it is well known that peculiar stars with similar temperatures and gravities show very different chemical compositions. We show that the abundance patterns of several stars can be influenced by accretion and (or) nuclear reactions in stellar atmospheres. The first case is one of the hottest Am stars - Sirius. We determined the abundances of more than 50 chemical elements in the atmosphere of Sirius A and show that Sirius A was contaminated by s-process enriched matter from Sirius B (now a white dwarf). The second case is the well known Przybylski's star. The abundance pattern of this star is the second most studied one after the Sun with abundances determined for about 60 chemical elements. Spectral lines of radioactive elements with short decay times were found in the spectrum of this star. We report the results of our investigation on the stratification of chemical elements in the atmosphere of Przybylski's star and the new identification of lines corresponding to short-lived actinides in its spectrum. Possible explanations of the abundances pattern of Przybylski's star (as well as HR465 and HD965) can be the natural radioactive decays of thorium and uranium, the explosion of a companion as a supernova or the spallation reactions. These three hypotheses and (or) diffusion can possibly explain the abundance pattern of Przybylski's star and several similar objects such as HR465 and HD965.
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