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The lower panel of Figure 6 matches the Gonzalez et al. age-metallicity relation against empirical results from Valenti & Fischer’s (2005) analysis of stars in the Berkeley/Carnegie survey; both ESP hosts and the Sun are separately identified. Unlike the classic Edvardsson et al. (1993) analysis, there is a trend in mean abundance with age. Overall, the observations indicate a much broader dispersion in metallicity, at all ages, than assumed by Gonzalez et al. † As with the radial abundance gradient, further analysis is required before settling on reliable values of these parameters.
Planetary statistics in the Solar Circle Given all the caveats, what can we say about the likely distribution of planetary systems in the Milky Way? For the moment, any calculations must be restricted to regions rela† Note that the Sun, which lies at the mode of the local abundance distribution, appears somewhat metal poor for its age, as compared with VF05 data. 34 I. N. Reid: Extrasolar planets: A galactic perspective Figure 7. The upper panel plots the expected numbers of ESP hosts as a function of Galactocentric distance for 6 < R < 10 kpc; the lower panel plots the corresponding predicted metallicity distribution.