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Galactic Abundances: Report of Working Group 3

Klecker, B. and Bothmer, V. and Cummings, A. C. and George, J. S. and Keller, J. W. and Salerno, E. and Sofia, U. J. and Stone, E. C. and Thielemann, F.-K. and Wiedenbeck, M. E. and Buclin, F. and Christian, E. R. and Flückiger, E. O. and Hofer, M. Y. and Jones, F. C. and Kirilova, D. and Kunow, H. and Laming, M. and Tranquille, C. and Wenzel, K.-P. (2001) Galactic Abundances: Report of Working Group 3. In: Solar and Galactic Composition. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.598. American Institute of Physics , Melville, N.Y. , pp. 207-220. ISBN 0-7354-0042-3.

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We summarize the various methods and their limitations and strengths to derive galactic abundances from in-situ and remote-sensing measurements, both from ground-based observations and from instruments in space. Because galactic abundances evolve in time and space it is important to obtain information with a variety of different methods covering different regions from the Very Local Insterstellar Medium (VLISM) to the distant galaxy, and different times throughout the evolution of the galaxy. We discuss the study of the present-day VLISM with neutral gas, pickup ions, and Anomalous Cosmic Rays, the study of the local interstellar medium (ISM) at distances <1.5 kpc utilizing absorption line measurements in H I clouds, and the study of galactic cosmic rays, sampling contemporary (~15 Myr) sources in the local ISM within a few kiloparsec of the solar system. Solar system abundances, derived from solar abundances and meteorite studies are discussed in several other chapters of this volume. They provide samples of matter from the ISM from the time of solar system format ion, about 4.5 Gyr ago. The evolution of galactic abundances on longer time scales is discussed in the context of nuclear synthesis in the various contributing stellar objects.

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Additional Information:© 2001 American Institute of Physics. Issue Date: 21 November 2001. We thank the organizers of the SOHO/ACE workshop on "Solar and Galactic Composition" for their hospitality.
Group:Space Radiation Laboratory
Subject Keywords:Galaxy, element relative abundance, astronomical techniques, remote sensing, interstellar matter, solar system, meteorites, solar cosmic ray particles, stellar composition
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Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
Issue or Number:598
Classification Code:PACS: 98.35.Bd; 96.35.Er; 95.75.Rs; 98.35.Ac
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Official Citation:Galactic abundances: Report of working group 3 B. Klecker, V. Bothmer, A. C. Cummings, J. S. George, J. W. Keller, E. Salerno, U. J. Sofia, E. C. Stone, F.-K. Thielemann, M. E. Wiedenbeck, F. Buclin, E. R. Christian, E. O. Fluckiger, M. Y. Hofer, F. C. Jones, D. Kirilova, H. Kunow, M. Laming, C. Tranquille, and K.-P. Wenzel, AIP Conf. Proc. 598, 207 (2001), DOI:10.1063/1.1434002
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