Late Thermal Pulse Models and the Rapid Evolution of V839 Ara

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We present evolution calculations from the Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) to the Planetary Nebula (PNe) phase for models of mass 1.0 to 2.0 M over a range of metallicities. The understanding of these objects plays an important role in galactic evolution and composition. Here, we particularly focus on Late Thermal Pulse (LTP) models, which are models that experience an intense helium-shell pulse that occurs just following AGB departure and causes a rapid looping evolution between the AGB and PN phases. The transient phases only last decades and centuries while increasing and decreasing in temperature dramatically. We use our models to make comparisons to V839 Ara (SAO 244567). This star has been observed rapidly heating over more than 50 years. Observations have proven difficult to model because the central star has a small radius, high surface gravity, and low temperature compared to our models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-446
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
StatePublished - Aug 31 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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