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The solar oxygen abundance

Jorge Meléndez

In recent years a drastic reduction in the solar oxygen abundance has been proposed (Allende Prieto et al. 2001, Asplund et al. 2004, Melendez 2004, Socas-Navarro & Norton 2007). This new solar abundance (A(O) = 8.6 - 8.7) has a profound impact in many areas of astrophysics. In particular, solar models computed with the low oxygen abundance do not agree with precise helioseismological measurements. I will review the different oxygen features available for abundance analysis and show new results which lend more confidence to a low solar oxygen abundance.

2008 March 26, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (Auditorium)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia