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Paper: From ISO to Spitzer: A New View of the AGB-PN Transition Phase
Volume: 357, The Spitzer Space Telescope: New Views of the Cosmos
Page: 150
Authors: Garcia-Lario, P.; Perea Calderon, J.V.
Abstract: We present a novel classification scheme for stars evolving in the transition phase between the Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) to the Planetary Nebula (PN) stage based on the results obtained with ISO-SWS. With the better sensitivity and higher spatial resolution of Spitzer this analysis can now be extended to a larger number of sources located in the Galactic Bulge, in the Magellanic Clouds and in other Galaxies of the Local Group, offering an excellent opportunity to study the validity of the proposed scheme in environments which are free of the distance scale bias that hinder the observations made with ISO on galactic sources located at uncertain distances. The new observations will be used to test the current evolutionary models which predict the dredge-up of processed material to the surface of low- and intermediate-mass stars as a function of the progenitor mass and of the metallicity.
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