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Astron. Astrophys. 364, 674-682 (2000)

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Detailed analysis of a sample of Li-rich giants * **

B.V. Castilho 1,2, J. Gregorio-Hetem 1, F. Spite 3, B. Barbuy 1 and M. Spite 3

1 Universidade de São Paulo, CP 3386, São Paulo, SP, 01060-970, Brazil
2 Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica, CP 21, Itajubá, MG, 37500-000, Brazil
3 Universidade de São Paulo, CP 3386, São Paulo, SP, 01060-970, Brazil
4 Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, DASGAL, URA 8633 CNRS, F-92195 Meudon Cedex, France

Received 24 July 2000 / Accepted 18 October 2000


A detailed analysis has been carried out for a sample of 16 red giants showing a strong Li I 670.8 nm line. Ten of them were detected in a survey by Castilho et al. (1998), and the other 6 stars are Li-rich giants selected from the literature.

Element abundances in the sample Li-rich giants are similar to those in normal red giants, differing only by their high Li abundance and infrared excess. This suggests that Li-rich giants may correspond to a phase of stellar evolution of normal red giants, when Li is produced and transported to the atmosphere.

Key words: stars: late-type – stars: evolution – stars: atmospheres – stars: abundances

* Observations collected at the European Southern Observatory - ESO, Chile, Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica - LNA, Brazil and Observatoire de Haute Provence - OHP, France
** Table 7 is available only in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to ftp://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/pub/J/A+A/364/674 ( or via http://cdsweb.u-strsbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/364/674

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© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 2000

Online publication: January 29, 2001