Vol. 445 – Why Galaxies Care About AGB Stars II: Shining Examples and Common Inhabitants

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Volume CS-445
Editor(s): F. Kerschbaum, T. Lebzelter, and R. F. Wing
Print ISBN: 978-1-58381-770-4
e-Book ISBN: 978-1-58381-771-1
Published: 2011

These proceedings demonstrate the relevance of Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars and stellar astrophysics as a whole for our understanding of galactic structure and evolution. The meeting, a follow-up to one held in 2006, brought together astronomers from the fields of AGB stars, galactic evolution, and stellar populations. What do we know about the post-horizontal branch evolution of low and intermediate mass stars, such as nucleosynthesis and mass loss, that play a role in our understanding of galaxies? At the same time, what do galactic modelers need from the AGB star community, and how are AGB stars included in these models? What will be the role of AGB star research within the major areas of astrophysics research in the coming decades? These were the main questions we wanted to discuss at this conference. Recent developments in instrumentation, such as the Herschel satellite and new ground-based instruments, are enabling detailed studies of individual AGB stars, their complex atmospheres, their envelopes and their interaction with the interstellar medium. AGB stars are among the first targets to be resolved in galaxies outside the Local Group. Of equal importance are the exciting developments that have been achieved in modeling stellar nucleosynthesis, mass loss, and the evolution of galaxies. This book is an important resource for researchers interested in stellar and galactic astrophysics, physical processes related to nucleosynthesis, radiation hydrodynamics, pulsation, mass loss, and the chemical evolution of stellar systems.

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