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Astrophysics of Red Supergiants

Emily M Levesque


Astrophysics of Red Supergiants is the first book of its kind devoted to our current knowledge of red supergiant stars, a key evolutionary phase that is critical to our larger understanding of massive stars. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental physical properties of red supergiants, their evolution, and their extragalactic and cosmological applications. It serves as a reference for researchers from a broad range of fields (including stellar astrophysics, supernovae, and high-redshift galaxies) who are interested in red supergiants as extreme stages of stellar evolution, dust producers, supernova progenitors, extragalactic metallicity indicators, members of massive binaries and mergers, or simply as compelling objects in their own right. The book is accessible to a range of experience levels, from graduate students up to senior researchers.

About Editors

Emily M Levesque is an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research accolades include a 2017 Alfred P Sloan fellowship in physics and the 2014 Annie Jump Cannon research prize from the American Astronomical Society. She was both an Einstein and Hubble postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, and received her PhD in astronomy from the University of Hawaii and her SB in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

1 - An Introduction to Red Supergiants

2 - Inside a Red Supergiant

3 - Physical Properties of Red Supergiants

4 - Mass Loss and Dust Production in Red Supergiants

5 - Red Supergiants in Binaries

6 - Red Supergiants In and Beyond the Milky Way

7 - Variability in Red Supergiants

8 - Red Supergiants and Supernovae

9 - The Future of Red Supergiant Research


Hardback ISBN: 9780750313308

Ebook ISBN: 9780750313292

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1329-2

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: AAS-IOP Astronomy


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