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V1309 Scorpii: merger of a contact binary
Context. Stellar mergers are expected to take place in numerous circumstences in the evolution of stellar systems. In particular, they are considered as a plausible origin of stellar eruptions of the
PO and PN in the wind of the oxygen-rich AGB star IK Tauri
Phosphorus-bearing compounds have only been studied in the circumstellar environments (CSEs) of the asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star IRC +10216 and the protoplanetary nebula CRL 2688, both C-rich
An observational study of dust nucleation in Mira ($o$ Ceti): I. Variable features of AlO and other Al-bearing species
Context: Dust is efficiently produced by cool giant stars, but the condensation of inorganic dust is poorly understood. Aims: Identify and characterize aluminum bearing species in the circumstellar
Resolving the extended atmosphere and the inner wind of Mira ($o$ Ceti) with long ALMA baselines
The prototypical Mira variable, $o$ Cet (Mira), has been observed as a Science Verification target in the 2014 ALMA Long Baseline Campaign with a longest baseline of 15 km. ALMA clearly resolves the
An observational study of dust nucleation in Mira ($o$ Ceti): II. Titanium oxides are negligible for nucleation at high temperatures
The formation of silicate dust in oxygen-rich envelopes of evolved stars is thought to be initiated by formation of seed particles that can withstand the high temperatures close to the stellar
Keck/HIRES Spectroscopy of V838 Monocerotis in October 2005
V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) erupted at the beginning of 2002 becoming an extremely luminous star with L 106 L ☉. Among various scenarios proposed to explain the nature of the outburst, the most
VLT/UVES spectroscopy of V4332 Sagittarii in 2005: The best view on a decade-old stellar-merger remnant
V4332 Sgr is a red transient (red nova) whose eruption was observed in 1994. The remnant of the eruption shows a unique optical spectrum: strong emission lines of atoms and molecules superimposed on
Circumstellar ammonia in oxygen-rich evolved stars
The circumstellar ammonia (NH$_3$) chemistry in evolved stars is poorly understood. Previous observations and modelling showed that NH$_3$ abundance in oxygen-rich stars is several orders of
Evolution of the stellar-merger red nova V1309 Scorpii: SED analysis
One very important object for understanding the nature of red novae is V1309 Sco. Its pre-outburst observations showed that, before its red-nova eruption in 2008, it was a contact binary quickly
High-resolution optical spectroscopy of V838 Monocerotis in 2009
Context. V838 Mon erupted at the beginning of 2002. In the course of the outburst the object evolved to low effective temperatures and declined as a very late M-type supergiant. Among various
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