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Thomas Bensby

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Abundance Trends in the Inner and Outer Galactic Disk


  • Thomas Bensby
  • A. Alves-Brito
  • M. S. Oey
  • D. Yong
  • J. Melendez

Summary, in English

Based on high-resolution spectra obtained with the MIKE spectrograph on the Magellan telescopes we present detailed elemental abundances for 64 red giant stars in the inner and outer Galactic disk. For the inner disk sample (4-7 kpc from the Galactic centre) we find that stars with both thin and thick disk abundance patterns are present while for Galactocentric distances beyond 10 kpc, we only find chemical patterns associated with the local thin disk, even for stars far above the Galactic plane. Our results show that the relative densities of the thick and thin disks are dramatically different from the solar neighbourhood, and we therefore suggest that the radial scale length of the thick disk is much shorter than that of the thin disk. A thick disk scale-length of L-thick = 2.0 kpc, and L-thin = 3.8 kpc for the thin disk, better match the data.


  • Lund Observatory

Publishing year







Galactic archeology, near-field cosmology and the formation of the Milky Way (ASP Conference Series)



Document type

Conference paper


Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)


  • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

Conference name

Conference on the Galactic Archaeology - Near-Field Cosmology and the Formation of the Milky Way

Conference date

2011-11-01 - 2011-11-04