The dust condensation sequence in red supergiant stars

  title={The dust condensation sequence in red supergiant stars},
  author={Tijl Verhoelst and N. Van der Zypen and Sacha Hony and Leen Decin and Jan Cami and Kjell Eriksson},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
Context. Red supergiant (RSG) stars exhibit significant mass loss by means of a slow, dense wind. They are often considered to be the more massive counterparts of Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars. While AGB mass loss is related to their strong pulsations, the RSG are often only weakly variable. This raises the question of whether their wind-driving mechanism and the dust composition of the wind are the same. Aims. We study the conditions at the base of the wind by determining the dust… 

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