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Paper: Determining the Forsterite Abundance of the Dust around AGB Stars
Volume: 445, Why Galaxies Care about AGB Stars II: Shining Examples and Common Inhabitants
Page: 235
Authors: de Vries, B. L.; Min, M.; Waters, L. B. F. M.; Blommaert, J.; Kemper, F.
Abstract: We present a diagnostic tool to determine the forsterite abundance of the dust ejected by AGB stars. Our method is based on a comparison between the observed strength of spectral bands of forsterite and model calculations. We show that the 11.3μm forsterite band is a robust indicator of the forsterite abundance of the current mass-loss period for AGB stars with an optically thick dust shell. The 33.6 μm band of forsterite is sensitive to changes in the density and the geometry of the emitting dust shell, and so is a less robust indicator. We apply this method to six high mass-loss rate AGB stars, showing that AGB stars can have forsterite abundances of 12% by mass and higher, which is more than the previously found maximum abundance of 5%.
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