Higher depletion of lithium in planet host stars: no age and mass effect

S. G. Sousa, J. M. Fernandes, G. Israelian, N. C. Santos

Recent observational work by Israelian et al. has shown that sun-like planet host stars in the temperature range 5700 K < Teff < 5850 K have lithium abundances that are significantly lower than those observed for "single" field stars. In this letter we use stellar evolutionary models to show that differences in stellar mass and age are not responsible for the observed correlation. This result, along with the finding of Israelian et al., strongly suggest that the observed lithium difference is likely linked to some process related to the formation and evolution of planetary systems.

Palavras chave
stars: evolution – stars: fundamental parameters – stars: abundances – stars: chemically peculiar – stars: planetary systems

Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume 512, Página L5_1
março 2010

DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201014125
Código bibliográfico ADS: 2010A&A...512L...5S