Discovery of Carbon/Oxygen-depleted Blue Straggler Stars in 47 Tucanae: The Chemical Signature of a Mass Transfer Formation Process
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We use high-resolution spectra obtained with the ESO Very Large Telescope to
measure surface abundance patterns of 43 Blue Stragglers stars (BSS) in 47 Tuc.
We discovered that a sub-population of BSS shows a significant depletion of
Carbon and Oxygen with respect to the dominant population. This evidence would
suggest the presence of CNO burning products on the BSS surface coming from a
deeply peeled parent star, as expected in the case of mass-transfer process.
This is the first detection of a chemical signature clearly pointing to a
specific BSS formation process in a globular cluster.
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