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Dusty, Self-Obscured Transients from Stellar Mergers and Common Envelope Phases

@inproceedings{MacLeod2022DustyST,
  title={Dusty, Self-Obscured Transients from Stellar Mergers and Common Envelope Phases},
  author={Morgan MacLeod and Kishalay De and Abraham Loeb},
  year={2022}
}
We discuss the central role that dust condensation plays in shaping the observational appearance of outflows from coalescing binary systems. As binaries enter into a common envelope phase or merger, they shock-heat and expel material into their surroundings. Depending on the properties of the merging system, this material can expand to the point where molecules and dust form, dramatically increasing the gas opacity. We use the existing population of Luminous Red Novae (LRNe) to constrain the… 

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morganemacleod/RLOF: v1.1, v.1.1, Zenodo, doi: 10.5281/zenodo.3690127
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