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2014A&A...562A..75B - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 562A, 75-75 (2014/2-1)

Identification of red supergiants in nearby galaxies with mid-IR photometry.


Abstract (from CDS):

The role of episodic mass loss in massive-star evolution is one of the most important open questions of current stellar evolution theory. Episodic mass loss produces dust and therefore causes evolved massive stars to be very luminous in the mid-infrared and dim at optical wavelengths. We aim to increase the number of investigated luminous mid-IR sources to shed light on the late stages of these objects. To achieve this we employed mid-IR selection criteria to identity dusty evolved massive stars in two nearby galaxies. The method is based on mid-IR colors, using 3.6µm and 4.5µm photometry from archival Spitzer Space Telescope images of nearby galaxies and J-band photometry from 2MASS. We applied our criteria to two nearby star-forming dwarf irregular galaxies, Sextans A and IC 1613, selecting eight targets, which we followed-up with spectroscopy. Our spectral classification and analysis yielded the discovery of two M-type supergiants in IC 1613, three K-type supergiants and one candidate F-type giant in Sextans A, and two foreground M giants. We show that the proposed criteria provide an independent way for identifying dusty evolved massive stars that can be extended to all nearby galaxies with available Spitzer/IRAC images at 3.6µm and 4.5µm.

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Journal keyword(s): stars: massive - stars: late-type - galaxies: individual: IC 1613 - galaxies: individual: Sex A

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/A+A/562/A75): table1.dat table2.dat sp/*>

Nomenclature: Tables 1-2: [BBM2014] Sex A N (Nos 1-6), [BBM2014] IC1613 N (Nos 1-2).

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