4. Influence of atmospheric parameters on abundances
In order to estimate the errors due to uncertainties on the atmospheric parameters, the variation of the equivalent width of the Li line W(Li) as a function of temperature, gravity and lithium abundance was calculated, by adopting a model with solar abundances. The lithium abundance is hereafter designated by log N(Li). We are interested here in analysing the computed W(Li) sensitivity for variations of the atmospheric parameters in both cases: lower and higher temperatures.
Fig. 2 shows W(Li) as a function of the adopted parameters. It can be noted for temperatures around 3500 K that log N(Li) has an important dependence on shifts in log g. For temperatures around 5000 K, log N(Li) is mainly sensitive to variations in . An evaluation of these dependencies is shown in Table 4, which gives the variation of log N(Li) corresponding to shifts on and log g for three different values of temperature. The mean errors derived from the maximal shifts on and log g are slightly different for lower and higher temperatures. Errors of 0.3 dex for stars with 4000 K, and of 0.2 dex for 4000 5000 K are predicted.
Table 4. The sensitivity of log N(Li) to shifts in the atmospheric parameters, verified for W(Li) 300 m. Three different values of temperature were adopted. The shifts and log correspond to the maximal uncertainties of the adopted parameters.
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Online publication: January 29, 2001