Query : 2008A&A...489..525P

2008A&A...489..525P - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 489, 525-532 (2008/10-2)

The metallicity distribution of the halo and the satellites of the Milky Way in the hierarchical merging paradigm.


Abstract (from CDS):

To account for the observed differential metallicity distribution (DMD) of the Milky Way halo, a semi-analytical model is presented in the framework of the hierarchical merging paradigm for structure formation. It is assumed that the Milky Way halo is composed of a number of sub-haloes with properties either as observed in the dwarf satellite galaxies of the Local group (shape of metallicity distribution, effective yield) or derived from calculations of structure formation (sub-halo distribution function). With reasonable assumptions for the parameters involved, we find that the overall shape and effective yield of the Galactic halo DMD can be reproduced in the framework of such a simple model. The low metallicity tail of the DMD presents a deficiency of stars with respect to the simple model predictions (akin to the G-dwarf problem in the solar neighborhood); it is suggested that an early infall phase can account for that problem, as well as for the observed DMDs of dwarf satellite galaxies. Accretion of galaxies similar (but not identical) to the progenitors of present day dwarf satellites of the Milky Way may well have formed the Galactic halo.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: abundances - Galaxy: formation - Galaxy: halo

Simbad objects: 2

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Number of rows : 2
N Identifier Otype ICRS (J2000)
ICRS (J2000)
Mag U Mag B Mag V Mag R Mag I Sp type #ref
1850 - 2023
1 NAME Galactic Center reg 17 45 39.60213 -29 00 22.0000           ~ 13889 0
2 NAME Local Group GrG ~ ~           ~ 8145 0

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