Solar Physics

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 53–65 | Cite as

The solar lithium abundance

II: Synthetic analysis of the solar lithium feature at λ6707.8 Å
  • Edith A Müller
  • Eric Peytremann
  • Ramiro de la Reza


The solar abundance of lithium and its isotopic abundance ratio were determined by comparing synthetic spectra with the high quality center-to-limb spectra of the solar lithium feature presented in Paper I by Brault and Müller (1974). The following possible effects on the abundance result were considered: deviations from LTE, atmospheric models, blends by molecular and atomic lines, hyperfine structure, large scale velocity fields. It was found that the photospheric lithium abundance is logɛLi=1.0±0.1. The greatest uncertainty is due to differences in the atmospheric models. The NLTE abundance result is 0.05 dex smaller than the LTE value. A mean depth of line formation was determined for the Li7i λ16707.776 Å line. The lithium isotopic abundance ratio was found to be Li6/Li7⩽0.01.


Lithium Velocity Field Atmospheric Model Hyperfine Structure Scale Velocity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edith A Müller
    • 1
  • Eric Peytremann
    • 1
  • Ramiro de la Reza
    • 1
  1. 1.Observatoire de GenèveGenèveSwitzerland

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