Stellar population synthesis of post-AGB stars: the s-process in MACHO 47.2496.8

A.A. Bonacic Marinovic, M.A. Lugaro, M. Reyniers, H. Van Winckel

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Context. The low-metallicity RVTauri star MACHO47.2496.8, recently discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud, is highly enriched in carbon and heavy elements produced by the slow neutron capture process (s-process), and is most probably a genuine post-C(N-type) asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star. The intrinsic interpretation of the enrichement is further strengthened by detection of a significant infrared excess. The circumstellar dust is the relic of a recent episode of heavy mass loss.We use the analysis of the abundances of MACHO47.2496.8 to constrain free parameters in AGB models. Aims. We test which values of the free parameters describing uncertain physical mechanisms in AGB stars, namely the third dredgeup and the features of the 13C neutron source, produce models that better match the abundances observed in MACHO47.2496.8. Methods. We carry out stellar population synthesis coupled with s-process nucleosynthesis using a synthetic stellar evolution code. Conclusions. The confirmed trend of the decreased efficiency of the 13C neutron source with metallicity requires an explanation from AGB s-process models. The present work is to date the first comparison between theoretical models and the detailed abundances of an extragalactic post-AGB star.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)L1-L4
Number of pages4
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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