Astronomy and Astrophysics Seminars

Probing stellar evolution with S stars and Gaia

by Dr. Shreeya Shetye (University of Brussels)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from to (Asia/Kolkata)
at DAA SEMINAR ( A268 )
S-type stars are late-type giants enhanced with s-process elements originating either from nucleosynthesis during the Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) or from a pollution by a binary companion. The former are called intrinsic S stars, and the latter extrinsic S stars. The intrinsic S stars are on the AGB and have undergone third dredge-up events. The atmospheric parameters of S stars are more numerous than those of M- type giants (C/O ratio and s-process abundances affect the thermal structure and spectral synthesis), and hence they are more difficult to derive. These atmospheric parameters are also entangled within each other. 
Nevertheless, in my talk I will explain how high-resolution spectroscopic data of S stars combined with the Gaia Data Release 2(GDR2) parallaxes and with the MARCS model atmospheres for S-type stars were used to derive effective temperatures, surface gravities, and luminosities. These parameters not only allow to locate the intrinsic and extrinsic S stars in the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagram but also allow the accurate abundance analysis of the s-process elements. I will further present interesting insights into AGB nucleosynthesis that we obtained through the analysis of S-type stars.