Short-lived Radionuclides in the Milky Way Galaxy
Department of Physics, Punjab University, India
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Published online: 22 March 2023
The short-lived radionuclides (SLRs) have a half-life ≤ 100 Myr. The γ-ray observations and excess abundance of their daughter nuclides in various meteoritic phases confirm the existence of SLRs in the Galaxy and early solar system (ESS), respectively. In this work, we have developed Galactic Chemical Evolution (GCE) models for SLRs, 26Al, and 60Fe along with 36Cl, 41Ca, and 53Mn. These models predict the temporal and spatial evolution of SLR abundance trends in the Galaxy from 2-18 kpc. The abundance of two SLRs, 26Al, and 60Fe, are investigated further, as their γ-ray observations are available for comparison with the model predictions. The predictions for the abundance per unit area for each ring show the decreases from the inner to outer regions of the Galaxy. The GCE predictions for the total mass of alive 26Al, and 60Fe in 2-18 kpc of the Galaxy at present time are 0.2 M⊙ and 0.08 M⊙, respectively.
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