3 years ago

Enrichment of Zinc in galactic chemodynamical evolution models.

Yutaka Hirai, Yuhri Ishimaru, Takayuki R. Saitoh, Shinya Wanajo

The heaviest iron-peak element, Zn has been used as an important tracer of cosmic chemical evolution. Spectroscopic observations of the metal-poor stars in Local Group galaxies show that an increasing trend of [Zn/Fe] ratios toward lower metallicity. However, enrichment of Zn in galaxies is not well understood due to the poor knowledge of astrophysical sites of Zn as well as metal mixing in galaxies. Here we show possible explanations for the observed trend by taking into account electron-capture supernovae (ECSNe) as one of the sources of Zn in our chemodynamical simulations of dwarf galaxies. We find that the ejecta from ECSNe contribute to stars with [Zn/Fe] $\gtrsim$ 0.5. We also find that scatters of [Zn/Fe] in higher metallicity originate from the ejecta of type Ia supernovae. On the other hand, it appears difficult to explain the observed trends if we do not consider ECSNe as a source of Zn. These results come from inhomogeneous spatial metallicity distribution due to the inefficiency of metal mixing. We find that the optimal value of scaling factor for metal diffusion coefficient is $\sim$ 0.01 in the shear-based metal mixing model in smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations. These results suggest that ECSNe can be one of the contributors to the enrichment of Zn in galaxies.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.08141

DOI: arXiv:1801.08141v1

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