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The R-Process Alliance: Discovery of a Low-α, r-process-enhanced Metal-poor Star in the Galactic Halo

Wyse, Rosemary F.G.; Sakari, Charli M.; Roederer, Ian U.; Placco, Vinicius M.; Beers, Timothy C.; Ezzeddine, Rana; Frebel, Anna; Hansen, Terese; Sneden, Christopher; Cowan, John J.; Wallerstein, George; Farrell, Elizabeth M.; Venn, Kim A.; Matijevič, Gal; Wyse, Rosemary F. G.; Bland-Hawthorn, Joss; Chiappini, Cristina; Freeman, Kenneth C.; Gibson, Brad K.; Grebel, Eva K.; Helmi, Amina; Kordopatis, Georges; Kunder, Andrea; Navarro, Julio; Reid, Warren; Seabroke, George; Steinmetz, Matthias; Watson, Fred


Rosemary F.G. Wyse

Charli M. Sakari

Ian U. Roederer

Vinicius M. Placco

Timothy C. Beers

Rana Ezzeddine

Anna Frebel

Terese Hansen

Christopher Sneden

John J. Cowan

George Wallerstein

Elizabeth M. Farrell

Kim A. Venn

Gal Matijevič

Rosemary F. G. Wyse

Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Cristina Chiappini

Kenneth C. Freeman

Eva K. Grebel

Amina Helmi

Georges Kordopatis

Andrea Kunder

Julio Navarro

Warren Reid

George Seabroke

Matthias Steinmetz

Fred Watson


A new moderately r-process-enhanced metal-poor star, RAVE J093730.5−062655, has been identified in the Milky Way halo as part of an ongoing survey by the R-Process Alliance. The temperature and surface gravity indicate that J0937−0626 is likely a horizontal branch star. At [Fe/H] = −1.86, J0937−0626 is found to have subsolar [X/Fe] ratios for nearly every light, α, and Fe-peak element. The low [α/Fe] ratios can be explained by an ~0.6 dex excess of Fe; J0937−0626 is therefore similar to the subclass of "iron-enhanced" metal-poor stars. A comparison with Milky Way field stars at [Fe/H] = −2.5 suggests that J0937−0626 was enriched in material from an event, possibly a Type Ia supernova, that created a significant amount of Cr, Mn, Fe, and Ni and smaller amounts of Ca, Sc, Ti, and Zn. The r-process enhancement of J0937−0626 is likely due to a separate event, which suggests that its birth environment was highly enriched in r-process elements. The kinematics of J0937−0626, based on Gaia DR2 data, indicate a retrograde orbit in the Milky Way halo; J0937−0626 was therefore likely accreted from a dwarf galaxy that had significant r-process enrichment.


Wyse, R. F., Sakari, C. M., Roederer, I. U., Placco, V. M., Beers, T. C., Ezzeddine, R., …Watson, F. (2019). The R-Process Alliance: Discovery of a Low-α, r-process-enhanced Metal-poor Star in the Galactic Halo. The Astrophysical journal, 874(2),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 2, 2019
Publication Date Apr 2, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 9, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 12, 2019
Journal Astrophysical Journal
Print ISSN 0004-637X
Electronic ISSN 1538-4357
Publisher American Astronomical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 874
Issue 2
Article Number 148
Keywords Space and Planetary Science; Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Additional Information Journal title: The Astrophysical Journal; Article type: paper; Article title: The R-Process Alliance: Discovery of a Low-α, r-process-enhanced Metal-poor Star in the Galactic Halo; Copyright information: © 2019. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.; Date received: 2018-11-15; Date accepted: 2019-03-01; Online publication date: 2019-04-02


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