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Small-scale hero: massive-star enrichment in the Hercules dwarf spheroidal

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2012
<mark>Journal</mark>AIP Conference Proceedings
Volume1480
Pages (from-to)190
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Dwarf spheroidal galaxies are often conjectured to be the sites of the first stars. The best current contenders for finding the chemical imprints from the enrichment by those massive objects are the “ultrafaint dwarfs” (UFDs). Here we present evidence for remarkably low heavy element abundances in the metal poor Hercules UFD. Combined with other peculiar abundance patterns this indicates that Hercules was likely only influenced by very few, massive explosive events – thus bearing the traces of an early, localized chemical enrichment with only very little other contributions from other sources at later times.