Discovery of extreme carbon stars in the large magellanic cloud

R. A. Gruendl, Y. H. Chu, J. P. Seale, M. Matsuura, A. K. Speck, G. C. Sloan, L. W. Looney

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Using Spitzer IRAC and MIPS observations of the Large Magellanic Cloud, we have identified 13 objects that have extremely red mid-IR colors. Follow-up Spitzer IRS observations of seven of these sources reveal varying amounts of SiC and C2H2 absorption as well as the presence of a broad MgS feature in at least two cases, indicating that these are extreme carbon stars. Preliminary estimates find these objects have luminosities of (4-11) x 103 L and preliminary model fitting gives mass-loss rates between 4 x 10-5 and 2 × 10-4 M yr-1, higher than any known carbon-rich AGB star in the LMC. These spectral and physical properties require careful reconsideration of dust condensation and mass-loss processes for carbon stars in low-metallicity environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L9-L12
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - 2008


  • Infrared: stars
  • Magellanic Clouds
  • Stars: AGB and post-AGB
  • Stars: carbon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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