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AGB and post-AGB stars as VLTI targets
Author(s): Patrick de Laverny; Bruno Lopez
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Paper Abstract

Low and intermediate mass stars turn into cool giants after their evolution on the main sequence. During these evolutionary stages, their surface is enriched in several chemical species. These stars are also characterized by large mass-loss rates revealed by their molecules and dust- rich circumstellar envelopes. They thus play an important role in the chemical evolution of the Universe. We present two examples of possible observations with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer of these evolved giant stars that could strongly contribute to our understanding of their properties and evolution: (1) detection of possible lithium abundance heterogeneities for Asymptotic Giant Branch stars and (2) observations of the dusty environment of R Coronae Borealis variables.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4006, Interferometry in Optical Astronomy, (5 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390210
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Patrick de Laverny, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Bruno Lopez, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4006:
Interferometry in Optical Astronomy
Pierre J. Lena; Andreas Quirrenbach, Editor(s)

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