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Astron. Astrophys. 320, L49-L52 (1997)

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Letter to the Editor

The surface composition of Beta Pictoris *

H. Holweger 1, M. Hempel 1, T. van Thiel 1 and A. Kaufer 2

1 Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Universität Kiel, D-24098 Kiel, Germany
2 Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Received 13 February 1997 / Accepted 27 February 1997


We present an element-by-element analysis of the surface composition of [FORMULA] Pic (A5 V) based on high-resolution broad-band optical spectra. The abundances (relative to H) of C, Ca, Ti, Cr, Fe, Sr, and Ba are solar. Obviously [FORMULA] Pic does not show the ` [FORMULA] -Boo phenomenon'-the metal deficiency of certain cool A-type stars attributed to accreting circumstellar matter.

Key words: Stars: abundances – atmospheres – formation – individual: Beta Pictoris – circumstellar matter

* Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile

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© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 1997

Online publication: June 30, 1998