Evolution of O Abundance Relative to Fe

Y.‐Z. Qian, G. J. Wasserburg
2001 Astrophysical Journal  
We present a three-component mixing model for the evolution of O abundance relative to Fe, taking into account the contributions of the first very massive (> 100 solar masses) stars formed from Big Bang debris. We show that the observations of O and Fe abundances in metal-poor stars in the Galaxy by Israelian et al. and Boesgaard et al. can be well represented both qualitatively and quantitatively by this model. Under the assumption of an initial Fe ([Fe/H] = -3) and O inventory due to the
more » ... ory due to the prompt production by the first very massive stars, the data at -3 < [Fe/H] < -1 are interpreted to result from the addition of O and Fe only from type II supernovae (SNII) to the prompt inventory. At [Fe/H] = -1, SNII still contribute O while both SNII and type Ia supernovae contribute Fe. During this later stage, (O/Fe) sharply drops off to an asymptotic value of 0.8(O/Fe)_sun. The value of (O/Fe) for the prompt inventory at [Fe/H] = -3 is found to be (O/Fe) = 20(O/Fe)_sun. This result suggests that protogalaxies with low "metallicities" should exhibit high values of (O/Fe). The C/O ratio produced by the first very massive stars is expected to be much less than 1 so that all the C should be tied up as CO and that C dust and hydrocarbon compounds should be quite rare at epochs corresponding to [Fe/H] < -3.
doi:10.1086/319084 fatcat:p6xy4mykazhmja423djpbjklma