Dust and Molecules in Evolved Stars

Dust and Molecules in Evolved Stars

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Dust and molecules are found in a large variety of astrophysical environments, in particular in the circumstellar material ejected by evolved stars. This book brings together the leading astronomers and astrophysicists in the field of molecular astrophysics and stellar physics to discuss the important issues of dust and molecular formation, the role of solids in circumstellar environments, molecules as probes of circumstellar parameters, the stellar contribution to the enrichment of the Galaxy, and the latest observational data in various wavelength domains, in partiular in the infrared with results from the Infrared Space Observatory. The astrophysical senarios include late-type stars, novae, Wolf-Rayet stars, Luminous Blue Variables and supernovae. Audience: Researchers and graduate students in the fields of stellar physics, stellar evolution and astrochemistry.Introduction The known RV Tauri stars were discovered by their variability in photographic variable star surveys. ... Infrared excesses at wavelengths from 2 to 60 um were found to be characteristic of RV Tauri stars, so that they occupy a region in the IRAS two-colour diagram, 25]-[60] vs [12]-[25], which is relatively thinly populated by other types of star (Gehrz 1972, Lloyd Evans 1985; Raveendran 1989).

Title:Dust and Molecules in Evolved Stars
Author:I. Cherchneff, T.J. Millar
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2013-11-11


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