Why Galaxies Care About

July 28 - August 1, 2014
Vienna, University Campus

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Universitätssternwarte A-1180 Wien
Second Announcement (full text PDF)
Why Galaxies Care About AGB Stars III
A Closer Look in Space and Time

Stars are conspicuous components of galaxies, and the sites of the creation of most chemical elements. Due to their high luminosity and their production of heavy elements, stars on the Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) play an important role in understanding stellar and galactic evolution. This conference aims to build a bridge between AGB research and its application to the modelling of stellar populations and the chemical evolution of galaxies and the universe as a whole. Current developments and challenges on both sides will be discussed to reach an understanding of possibilities, limitations, and needs in both areas, and hence to improve our knowledge about the role of AGB stars in the context of galaxies. This is another follow-up meeting to the successful Viennese conferences on similar topics in 2006 and 2010.

This time the focus of the meeting will be:
  • Complex Atmospheres: Observation and theoretical understanding
  • Living together: Binarity, disks, ISM interaction
  • What is left: Dust, yields, AGBs in the cosmic matter cycle
  • Resolved and unresolved: AGB star populations in external stellar systems
  • Perspectives: ALMA, SKA, SOFIA, JWST, VLTI+, ELT
The conference will be hosted by the Austrian Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Department of Astrophysics at the University of Vienna. The meeting is supported by the Robert F. Wing Support Fund at Ohio State University.

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