On the nature and mass loss of Bulge OH/IR stars
Paper i proceeding, 2019

We report on the successful search for CO (2-1) and (3-2) emission associated with OH/IR stars in the Galactic Bulge. We observed a sample of eight extremely red AGB stars with the APEX telescope and detected seven. The sources were selected at sufficient high Galactic latitude to avoid interference by interstellar CO, which hampered previous studies of inner galaxy stars. We also collected photometric data and Spitzer IRS spectroscopy to construct the SEDs, which were analysed through radiative transfer modelling. We derived variability periods of our stars from the VVV and WISE surveys. Through dynamical modelling we then retrieve the total mass loss rates (MLR) and the gas-to-dust ratios. The luminosities range between approximately 4,000 and 5,500 L⊙ and periods are below 700 days. The total MLR ranges between 10-5 and 10-4 M⊙ yr-1. The results are presented in Blommaert et al. 2018 and summarized below.

circumstellar matter


radio lines: stars

Stars: AGB and post-AGB

Galaxy: bulge

Stars: mass-loss


Jadl Blommaert

Vrije Universiteit Brüssel (VUB)

M. A. T. Groenewegen

Royal Observatory of Belgium

Kay Justtanont

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Onsala rymdobservatorium

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Astronomi och plasmafysik

L. Decin

KU Leuven

Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union

1743-9213 (ISSN) 1743-9221 (eISSN)

Vol. 14 S343 353-354

Symposium S343 (Why Galaxies Care About AGB Stars: A Continuing Challenge through Cosmic Time)
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Meteorologi och atmosfärforskning

Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi

Sannolikhetsteori och statistik


Onsala rymdobservatorium



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