Probing the mass-loss history of AGB and red supergiant stars from CO rotational line profiles. II. CO line survey of evolved stars: derivation of mass-loss rate formulae

@article{Beck2010ProbingTM,
  title={Probing the mass-loss history of AGB and red supergiant stars from CO rotational line profiles. II. CO line survey of evolved stars: derivation of mass-loss rate formulae},
  author={Elvire De Beck and Leen Decin and Alex de Koter and K. Justtanont and Tijl Verhoelst and Francisca Kemper and Karl M. Menten},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2010},
  volume={523},
  pages={1-47}
}
Context. The evolution of intermediate and low-mass stars on the asymptotic giant branch is dominated by their strong dust-driven winds. More massive stars evolve into red supergiants with a similar envelope structure and strong wind. These stellar winds are a prime source for the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium. Aims: We aim to (1) set up simple and general analytical expressions to estimate mass-loss rates of evolved stars, and (2) from those calculate estimates for the mass… 

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