This paper reviews recent advances in the study or circumstellar masers and masers found toward supernova remnants. The review is organized by science focus area, including the astrophysics of extended stellar atmospheres, stellar mass-loss processes and outflows, late-type evolved stellar evolution, stellar maser excitation and chemistry, and the use of stellar masers as independent distance estimators. Masers toward supernova remnants are covered separately. Recent advances and open future questions in this field are explored.
Astrophysical Masers and their Environments
- Pub Date:
- March 2007
- stars:AGB and post-AGB;
- planetary nebulae;
- supernova remnants;
- 16 pages, 2 figures, 2 tables: based on a review talk presented at IAU Symposium 242: Astrophysical masers and their environments, held at Alice Springs (Australia), March 12-16, 2007