A point-source survey of M31 with the Spitzer space telescope

Jeremy Mould, Pauline Barmby, Karl Gordon, S. P. Willner, M. L.N. Ashby, R. D. Gehrz, Roberta Humphreys, Charles E. Woodward

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Abstract

We explore the stellar population of M31 in a Spitzer Space Telescope survey utilizing IRAC and MIPS observations. Red supergiants are the brightest objects seen in the infrared; they are a prominent evolutionary phase. Due to their circumstellar envelopes, many of these radiate the bulk of their luminosity at IRAC wavelengths and do not stand out in the near-infrared or optically. Going fainter, we see large numbers of luminous asymptotic giant branch stars (AGB), many of which are known long-period variables. Relative to M33 the AGB carbon star population of M31 appears sparse, but this needs to be spectroscopically confirmed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-241
Number of pages12
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume687
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

Keywords

  • Galaxies: individual (M31)
  • Galaxies: stellar content

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