Physical Processes in Red Giants

Proceedings of the Second Workshop, Held at the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture, Advanced School of Astronomy, in Erice, Sicily, Italy, September 3–13, 1980

  • Icko IbenJr.
  • Alvio Renzini
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 88)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Evolution and Composition Peculiarities of Red Giants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Icko Iben Jr.
      Pages 3-24
    3. Bengt Gustafsson
      Pages 25-40
    4. S. T. Ridgway, G. H. Jacoby, R. R. Joyce, D. C. Wells
      Pages 47-49
    5. V. M. Blanco, M. F. McCarthy
      Pages 147-152
    6. Jay A. Frogel, Judith G. Cohen, S. E. Persson, Jonathan H. Elias
      Pages 159-164
    7. Peter P. Eggleton, John Faulkner
      Pages 179-182
  3. Red-Giant Variability and Envelope Dynamics

  4. Winds: Chromospheres, Grains, or What?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Jeffrey L. Linsky
      Pages 247-261
    3. M. Kafatos, A. G. Michalitsianos, W. A. Feibelman, R. W. Hobbs
      Pages 263-267
    4. D. Reimers
      Pages 269-284
    5. John I. Castor
      Pages 285-299
    6. C. Cacciari, K. C. Freeman
      Pages 311-316
    7. V. Pirronello, G. Strazzulla, G. Foti
      Pages 337-339
    8. Johannes Schmid-Burgk, Michael Scholz
      Pages 341-346
    9. Janice E. J. Woodrow
      Pages 347-350
    10. C. D. Andriesse
      Pages 351-354
  5. Red-Giant Masers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361
    2. Moshe Elitzur
      Pages 363-382
    3. J. Herman, H. J. Habing
      Pages 383-390
    4. H. Olofsson, O. E. H. Rydbeck
      Pages 391-394
    5. Nguyen-Quang-Rieu
      Pages 395-399
    6. D. Engels, G. V. Schultz, W. A. Sherwood
      Pages 401-406
  6. Red-Giant Remnants: Planetary Nebulae

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-407

About these proceedings


In recent years, it has become clear that the red-giant phase is one of the most dramatic periods in a star's life, when all of its parts become involved in ways that have both direct and indirect observational consequences. This is most particularly true of low- and intermediate­ mass stars during the second ascent of the giant branch. Such stars bring to their surfaces products of nucleosynthesis currently taking place in their deep interiors, they pulsate as Mira variables, develop extended outward-flowing atmospheres that may exhibit maser properties, and shed great quantities of matter, sometimes highly processed, into the inter­ stellar medium. The manner in which processed matter is brought to the surface is far from being completely explained, and the precise mechanism or mechanisms whereby matter is ejected from the stellar surface (whether by deposition of Alfven waves, radiation pressure on grains, or as a consequence of so­ me large scale envelope instability) has yet to be elucidated to every­ one's satisfaction. The purpose of the second workshop in Astrophysics, organized by the "Advanced School of Astronomy", was to bring together experts on all the physical processes occurring in red giants in an effort to emphasize the interrelatedness of these individual processes, and to encourage a dia­ logue among experts that might serve to initiate a synthesis, or at least sharpen our understanding of the most important problems to address in the future.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Icko IbenJr.
    • 1
  • Alvio Renzini
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Osservatorio AstronomicoUniversitè di BolognaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8494-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8492-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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