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Observing early stellar nucleosynthesis

A fluorine abundance measurement in a high-redshift galaxy demonstrates an early, quick rise in chemical enrichment of the Universe. The presence of fluorine at this early epoch also reveals a unique early source of the element.

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Fig. 1: A collage of what a massive star-forming galaxy at z = 4.4 (~1.4 Gyrs after the Big Bang) might look like with possible sources of fluorine indicated.

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Ryde, N., Harper, G. Observing early stellar nucleosynthesis. Nat Astron 5, 1212–1213 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-021-01510-0

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