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Title: Stellar Relics from the Early Galaxy
Authors: Sivarani, T
Keywords: Galactic halo;Chemical evolution;Metal poor stars;Chemical abundances;Inner halo;Outer halo;Globular clusters;Ultrafaint dwarf galaxies
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Citation: Journal of Astrophysics & Astronomy, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 5–17
Abstract: We reviewed the recent progress in the field of stellar/galactic archeology, which is a study of the relics from the early galaxy. The oldest and most pristine objects that can be observed in the galaxy are the low mass metal poor stars of the Milky Way. They were formed during the early phases, when the ISM might have been polluted only by the Pop-III supernovae. With the recent large spectroscopic surveys (e.g. HK survey by Beers and collaborators, the Hamburg-ESO survey by Christlieb and collaborators and Sloan Digital Sky Survey) it has been possible to get clues on the nature of the first stars that has contributed to the heavy elements. Most of these metal-poor low mass stars also retain their signature of the early dynamical evolution of the galaxy, which can be studied through their orbits around the galaxy and spatial distribution. Here, we discuss the connection between the chemical and the kinematical properties of metal-poor stars in order to probe the early galaxy formation. We also discuss about the globular clusters, the satellite galaxies around the Milky Way and its possible contribution to the formation of the galaxy halo.
Description: Open Access
ISSN: 0973-7758
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