Cool star winds and mass loss: Theory

  • Erwin Sedlmayr
  • Jan Martin Winters
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 497)


We describe the ingredients necessary for the consistent theoretical description of dust forming circumstellar shells around Red Giants on the asymptotic giant branch. The complete set of equations required for the reliable modeling of stationary and pulsating situations is discussed and applied to a dust driven wind and to a typical carbon rich Mira atmosphere. Special emphasis is put on the theoretical description of the dust formation process and on the complex interaction among dust formation, chemistry, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics and radiative transfer. We present some fundamental implications of a consistent description of the dust forming system on its observable appearance.


Light Curve Mass Loss Rate Critical Cluster Asymptotic Giant Branch Dust Shell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erwin Sedlmayr
    • 1
  • Jan Martin Winters
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Astronomie & AstrophysikTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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