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Paper: GRAMS: A Grid of RSG and AGB Models
Volume: 445, Why Galaxies Care about AGB Stars II: Shining Examples and Common Inhabitants
Page: 203
Authors: Srinivasan, S.; Sargent, B. A.; Meixner, M.
Abstract: We present a grid of oxygen- and carbon-rich circumstellar dust radiative transfer models for asymptotic giant branch (AGB) and red supergiant (RSG) stars. The grid samples a large region of the relevant parameter space, and it allows for a quick calculation of bolometric fluxes and dust mass-loss rates from multi-wavelength photometry. This method of fitting observed spectral energy distributions (SEDs) is preferred over detailed radiative transfer calculations, especially for large data sets such as the SAGE (Surveying the Agents of a Galaxy's Evolution) survey of the Magellanic Clouds. The mass-loss rates calculated for SAGE data will allow us to quantify the dust returned to the interstellar medium (ISM) by the entire AGB population. The total injection rate provides an important constraint for models of galactic chemical evolution. Here, we discuss our carbon star models and compare the results to SAGE observations in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).
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