• Classical cepheids and the local chemical inhomogeneities in the galactic disc

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      classical Cepheids, abundances; Galaxy, chemical inhomogeneities; density-wave theory; self-propagating star formation

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      Places of formation have been derived for a sample of 23 Cepheids with well-determined atmospheric abundances in an attempt to study the chemical inhomogeneities in the local interstellar medium. The abundance data available for the sample Cepheids is compiled and critically reviewed to adopt the most reliable esimates. We find that the most conspicuous irregularity in the metallicity is exhibited by stars that are born in the local arm or in the interarm region. We propose a scenario to explain these local variations in terms of supernova-induced star formation in interstellar gas enriched by massive stars formed in the density wave.

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      Sunetra Giridhar1

      1. Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore - 560034
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