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Revista mexicana de astronomía y astrofísica

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FRANCO, I.  e  CARIGI, L.. The delayed contribution of low and intermediate mass stars to chemical galactic enrichment: an analytical approach. Rev. mex. astron. astrofis [online]. 2008, vol.44, n.2, pp.311-323. ISSN 0185-1101.

We find a new analytical solution for the chemical evolution equations, taking into account the delayed contribution of all low and intermediate mass stars (LIMS) as one representative star that enriches the interstellar medium. This solution is built only for star formation rate proportional to the gas mass in a closed box model. We obtain increasing C/O and N/O ratios with increasing O/H, behavior impossible to match with the Instantaneous Recycling Approximation (IRA). Our results, obtained by two analytical equations, are very similar to those found by numerical models that consider the lifetimes of each star. This delayed model reproduces successfully the evolution of the C/O-O/H and Y - O relations in the solar vicinity. This analytical approximation is a useful tool to study the chemical evolution of elements produced by LIMS when a galactic chemical evolutionary code is not available.

Palavras-chave : galaxies: abundances; galaxies: evolution; ISM: abundances.

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