Francesca Primas

European Southern Observatory
Garching bei München

Abundances, abundances, and still more abundances . . .
the chemical evolution of the Galaxy and beyond


Galactic chemical evolution results from nucleosynthesis occurring in many generations of stars. Abundances in very metal-poor stars provide one of the main diagnostic tools to probe the earliest phases of element production. Indeed, most of the recent observational efforts are devoted to this type of studies. However, the coming on-line of new multiplex facilities on the largest ground-based telescopes in the world have allowed us for the first time to peek over our Galaxy's "shoulders" and gain important insights into the chemical history of Local Group galaxies. Here, I will review on-going observational efforts and their achievements: are we making progress or are we getting more confused?

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