Stellar End Products: The Low Mass - High Mass Connection

Published: 03 Nov 2014
Betalgeuse (NACO); R Sculptoris (ALMA)

ESO Workshop, ESO Headquarters, Garching, Germany, 6–10 July, 2015
Mass loss from cool Asymptotic Giant Branch and Red Supergiant stars inputs large amounts of material to the ISM and is therefore an important process for understanding stellar lifecycles and galactic ecology. Significant advances in observations (e.g. VLTI, ALMA and other facilities), and theory, now provide an opportunity to revisit outstanding questions of late stellar evolution, such as the role of mass loss, magnetic fields and binarity. The aim of the meeting is to bring together observers and theorists from the low and high mass stellar communities with the goals of exploring the commonalities of evolved star mass loss.

By the time of the meeting, ALMA Cycle 1, and some Cycle 2, results will have been released, VLTI is making images (e.g. PIONIER) and preparing 2nd generation instruments (MATISSE, GRAVITY). These facilities provide complementary, high spectral and spatial resolution observations of different layers of the stellar atmospheres and wind species, and this workshop will exploit their synergies in the study of AGB and RSG stars.

The workshop will consist of invited and contributed talks, posters and discussion sessions. Project planning for ALMA, future facilities and instruments such as the E-ELT, mm/submm-VLBI, possible extension of VLTI imaging capability and 3rd generation VLTI instruments, will be discussed.

Further information can be obtained from the conference website or by email. The deadline for abstract submission is 6 April 2015.