The New Solar Composition and the Solar Metallicity

  • Nicolas Grevesse
  • Martin Asplund
  • A. Jacques Sauval
  • Pat Scott
Part of the IAGA Special Sopron Book Series book series (IAGA, volume 4)


We review the current status of our knowledge of the chemical composition of the sun and present a redetermination of the solar abundances of all available elements. These new results have very recently been published by Asplund et al. (2009). The basic ingredients of this work, the main results and their implications are discussed.


Solar Wind Convective Zone Solar Energetic Particle Solar Photosphere Solar Abundance 
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N.G. thanks the editors for their invitation and IAGA for support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Grevesse
    • 1
  • Martin Asplund
    • 2
  • A. Jacques Sauval
    • 3
  • Pat Scott
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre Spatial de Liège and Institut d’Astrophysique et de Géophysique, Université de LiègeLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für AstrophysikGarchingGermany
  3. 3.Observatoire Royal de BelgiqueBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.Department of Physics and Oskar Klein Center for Cosmoparticle PhysicsUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

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