Numerical simulations of the metallicity distribution in dwarf spheroidal galaxies

E. Ripamonti, E. Tolstoy, A. Helmi, G. Battaglia, T. Abel

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Abstract: Recent observations show that the number of stars with very low metallicities in the dwarf spheroidal satellites of the Milky Way is low, despite the low average metallicities of stars in these systems. We undertake numerical simulations of star formation and metal enrichment of dwarf galaxies in order to verify whether this result can be reproduced with "standard" assumptions. The answer is likely to be negative, unless some selection bias against very low metallicity stars is present in the observations. Note: Contribution to the proceedings : CRAL-Conference Series I "Chemodynamics: from first stars to local galaxies", Lyon 10-14 July 2006, France, Eds. Emsellem, Wozniak, Massacrier, Gonzalez, Devriendt, Champavert, EAS Publications Series;
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEPRINTS-BOOK-TITLE
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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