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Paper: A 7 micron dust emission feature in oxygen-rich circumstellar shells
Volume: 73, Airborne Astronomy Symposium on the Galactic Ecosystem: From Gas to Stars to Dust
Page: 419
Authors: Goebel, J. H.; Bregman, Jesse D.; Witteborn, Fred C.
Abstract: New 4 to 8 micron infrared spectroscopic observations of two oxygen-rich stars are presented and combined with IRAS low resolution spectrometer (LRS) data to span the 4 to 24 micron wavelength range. In the 4 to 8 micron range, we observe a 7.15 micron (1400 cm-1) emission feature. This new feature is not uniquely correlated with any of the sharply defined 10, 11, 13.1, and 19.7 micron emission features that are known to be present in this class of circumstellar shells, but it does appear to be correlated with the spectrally broad dust emission in the 10 to 20 micron spectral region. The feature has not been reported previously in any other astronomical environment. A reinterpretation of prior 4 to 8 micron spectroscopy of alpha Ori and R Cas reveals the presence of the 7.15 micron emission in alpha Ori and possibly in R Cas. The spectrally narrow 19.7 micron emission, that is distinctly different than the relatively broad silicate 18 micron emission feature in oxygen-rich dust shells, is also observed to be present in the LRS spectrum of SAO 197549. The implication of these observations is that a universal astronomical silicate does not exist in oxygen-rich circumstellar shells.
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