AGB Stars: History, Structure, and Characteristics

  • Harm J. Habing
  • Hans Olofsson
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Abstract

“Asymptotic giant branch stars” developed into a broad, coherent field of research in the last quarter of the preceding century, but its roots go much deeper into the past and involve several serendipitous discoveries. We will discuss briefly when and how its most significant concepts came to the surface. To that end we have arranged the historical developments into five broad areas. We do not intend to write a full history of astronomy, and we will skip over the fundamental developments in physics. When no specific reference is given, we have used North’s History of Astronomy and Cosmology [56] and A Source Book in Astronomy and Astrophysics, edited by Lang and Gingerich [48]. We also limit most of our review to the developments before 1984 for two reasons: (i) In a long review published in 1983 Iben and Renzini [39] showed that the theoretical side of the AGB evolution was broadly and consistently understood; (ii) in 1984 the results of the IRAS full-sky survey at 12, 25, 60, and 100 μm became public; the catalogue contained thousands of AGB stars, and a new era of observation began.

Keywords

White Dwarf Planetary Nebula Carbon Star Thermal Pulse Circumstellar Envelope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harm J. Habing
    • 1
  • Hans Olofsson
    • 2
  1. 1.Leiden ObservatorySweden
  2. 2.Stockholm ObservatorySweden

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