EAS Publications Series
Volume 43, 2010Non-LTE Line Formation for Trace Elements in Stellar Atmospheres
|Page(s)||159 - 165|
|Published online||16 November 2010|
R. Monier, B. Smalley, G. Wahlgren and Ph. Stee (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 43 (2010) 159-165
NLTE analysis of spectra i: Departures from LTE for A-type stars
Space Telescope Science Division of ESA, Space Telescope Science
Institute, 3700 San Martin
2 Kapteyn Institute, PO Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
A-type stars with their shallow convection zones serve as ideal physics laboratories for stellar atmosphere research. In the absence of large scale mixing, processes such as diffusion, mass loss and accretion leave their characteristic imprint on the chemical composition of the photosphere. This characteristic surface pattern can be studied by means of stellar abundance analysis. However, such patterns can be hidden in the large uncertainties of LTE abundances. Thus, detailed NLTE studies that can push stellar abundance analysis beyond the 0.1 dex uncertainty limit are a pre-requisite for using A star atmospheres as physics laboratories.
© EAS, EDP Sciences 2010
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