The Distribution Of The Elements In The Galactic Disk. III. A Reconsideration Of Cepheids From L=30 Degrees To 250 Degrees




Luck, R. Earle
Lambert, David L.

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This paper reports on the spectroscopic investigation of 238 Cepheids in the northern sky. Of these stars, about 150 are new to the study of the galactic abundance gradient. These new Cepheids bring the total number of Cepheids involved in abundance distribution studies to over 400. In this work, we also consider systematics between various studies and also those which result from the choice of models. We find that systematic variations exist at the 0.06 dex level both between studies and model atmospheres. In order to control the systematic effects our final gradients depend only on abundances derived herein. A simple linear fit to the Cepheid data from 398 stars yields a gradient d[Fe/H]/dR(G) = -0.062 +/- 0.002 dex kpc(-1) which is in good agreement with previously determined values. We have also re-examined the region of the >metallicity island> of Luck et al. With the doubling of the sample in that region and our internally consistent abundances, we find that there is scant evidence for a distinct island. We also find in our sample the first reported Cepheid (V1033 Cyg) with a pronounced Li feature. The Li abundance is consistent with the star being on its redward pass toward the first giant branch.


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Luck, R. Earle, and David L. Lambert. >The Distribution of the Elements in the Galactic Disk. III. A Reconsideration of Cepheids from l= 30° to 250°.> The Astronomical Journal, Vol. 142, No. 4 (Oct., 2011): 136.