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Published April 20, 2007 | Accepted Version + Published
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A new type of extremely metal-poor star


We present an abundance analysis for the extremely metal-poor (EMP) star HE 1424-0241 based on high-dispersion spectra from HIRES at Keck. This star is a giant on the lower red giant branch with [Fe/H] ~ -4.0 dex. Relative to Fe, HE 1424-0241 has normal Mg, but it shows a very large deficiency of Si, with ε(Si)/ε(Fe) ~ 1/10 and ε(Si)/ε(Mg) ~ 1/25 that of all previously known EMP giants or dwarfs. It also has a moderately large deficiency of Ca and a smaller deficit of Ti, combined with enhanced Mn and Co and normal or low C. We suggest that in HE 1424-0241 we see the effect of a very small number of contributing supernovae, and that the SNe II contributing to the chemical inventory of HE 1424-0241 were biased in progenitor mass or in explosion characteristics so as to reproduce its abnormal extremely low Si/Mg ratio. HE 1424-0241 shows a deficiency of the explosive α-burning elements Si, Ca, and Ti coupled with a ratio [Mg/Fe] normal for EMP stars; Mg is produced via hydrostatic α-burning. The latest models of nucleosynthesis in SNe II fail to reproduce the abundance ratios seen in HE 1424-0241 for any combination of the parameter space of core-collapse explosions they explore.

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© 2007 The American Astronomical Society. Received 2007 February 3; accepted 2007 March 13; published 2007 March 20. We are grateful to the many people who have worked to make the Keck telescope and HIRES a reality and to operate and maintain the Keck Observatory. The authors wish to extend special thanks to those of Hawaiian ancestry on whose sacred mountain we are privileged to be guests. Without their generous hospitality, none of the observations presented herein would have been possible. This publication makes use of data from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, which is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. J. G. C. is grateful to NSF grant AST-0507219 for partial support. N. C. is a Research Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences supported by a grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. He also acknowledges financial support from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through grants Ch 214/3 and Re 353/44.

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