Space Science Reviews

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 161–174

Standard Solar Composition

  • N. Grevesse
  • A.J. Sauval

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005161325181

Cite this article as:
Grevesse, N. & Sauval, A. Space Science Reviews (1998) 85: 161. doi:10.1023/A:1005161325181


We review the current status of our knowledge of the chemical composition of the Sun, essentially derived from the analysis of the solar photospheric spectrum. The comparison of solar and meteoritic abundances confirms that there is a very good agreement between the two sets of abundances. They are used to construct a Standard Abundance Distribution.

Sun: abundances Meteorites: abundances Solar spectroscopy 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Grevesse
    • 1
  • A.J. Sauval
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut d'Astrophysique et de GéophysiqueUniversité de LiègeLiègeBelgium (

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