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Spitzer's view on mass-losing AGB stars
About 16 Spitzer satellite programs from the Guaranteed Time or the first cycle of Open Time, investigate AGB stars or related objects in different environments like the Magellanic Clouds and our Galaxy. Main objectives of these programs are to investigate the composition of the dust in the circumstellar environment and the effect of mass loss on the AGB evolution.
Spitzer offers the first opportunity to perform such studies on different populations and so to investigate the effects of, for instance, metallicity on the grain formation or on the amount of mass loss occurring on the AGB.
We expect that the main fraction of observations of the different projects will have been performed by now and that soon the first results will be published. It seems a good time (a few months before the deadline for the next cycle of Spitzer observing time) to bring representatives from the different teams together in a workshop where current results could be discussed, papers finalized within teams, collaboration/pooling of results between teams could be discussed, and future observations planned. The following topics would be addressed:
* data reduction, errors, artefacts,...
* Presentation of results:
- Spectra for LMC, Bulge, SMC,...
- Modelling of the spectra...
- Mass loss rates, central star properties, dust properties ...
* Missing data, follow-up observations, collaborations
Overview of Spitzer programs:
PI instr Title
Blommaert IRS The dust sequence along the AGB
Bobrowsky IRS Galactic Bulge Planetary Nebulae as Probes of Stellar Evolution
Egan IRS Dusty Evolved Stars in the SMC
Hony IRS Detatched Shells Around Carbon-Stars
Houck IRS IRS Study of Planetary Nebulae in the SMC/LMC
Houck IRS Circumstellar Dust in the Magellanic Clouds
Kastner IRS The Spitzer IRS Spectral Atlas of infrared-Luminous Evolved Stars in the LMC
Kemper IRS The composition and evolution of dust in astrophysical environments
Kemper IRS The O-rich condensation sequence at low metallicity: LMC AGB and post-AGB stars
Lebzelter IRS Revealing the Nature of Mass Loss in Globular Cluster Stars
Morris MIPS The Progression of Mass-Loss During the AGB Star->Planetary Nebula Transition
Onaka IRS Time Variation Observations of Mid-Infrared Spectra of Mira Variables in NEP and LMC
Sahai IRAC/MIPS Mass Loss from Galactic Bulge Giants: Probing Stellar and Galactic Evolution
Van Wincke IRS Dusty discs around binary post-AGB stars and their relation to protoplanetary discs
Waelkens IRS The composition and evolution of circumstellar dust from AGB to post-AGB and PNe phases
Wood IRS Mass loss from red giants: its development, dust properties, and dependence on the stellar parameters mass, luminosity and metallicity