Abundance analyses of helium-rich subluminous B stars

N. Naslim, C. S. Jeffery, A. Ahmad, N. T. Behara, T. Şahìn

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The connection between helium-rich hot subdwarfs of spectral types O and B (He-sdB) has been relatively unexplored since the latter were found in significant numbers in the 1980s. In order to explore this connection further, we have analysed the surface composition of six He-sdB stars, including LB 1766, LB 3229, SB 21 (= Ton-S 137 = BPS 29503-0009), BPS 22940-0009, BPS 29496-0010 and BPS 22956-0094. Opacity-sampled line-blanketed model atmospheres have been used to derive atmospheric properties and elemental abundances. All the stars are moderately metal poor compared with the Sun ([ Fe/H ]≈-0.5). Four stars are nitrogen rich, two of these are carbon rich and at least four appear to be neon rich. The data are insufficient to rule out binarity in any of the sample. The surface composition and locus of the N-rich He-sdBs are currently best explained by the merger of two helium white dwarfs, or possibly by the merger of a helium white dwarf with a post-sdB white dwarf. C-rich He-sdBs require further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-590
Number of pages9
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Stars: abundances
  • Stars: chemically peculiar
  • Stars: early-type
  • Stars: evolution
  • Subdwarfs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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