Evolved stars are among the largest and brightest stars and they are ideal targets for the new generation of sensitive, high resolution instrumentation that provides spectrophotometric, interferometric, astrometric, and imaging observables. The interpretation of the complex stellar surface images requires numerical simulations of stellar convection that take into account multi-dimensional time-dependent radiation hydrodynamics with realistic input physics. We show how the evolved star simulations are obtained using the radiative hydrodynamics code CO5BOLD and how the accurate observables are computed with the post-processing radiative transfer code Optim3D. The synergy between observations and theoretical work is supported by a proper and quantitative analysis using these simulations, and by strong constraints from the observational side.
- EAS Publications Series
- Pub Date:
- December 2015
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
- 4 pages, proceedings of the conference: "The Physics of Evolved Stars: A Conference Dedicated to the Memory of Olivier Chesneau", EAS Publications Series, 71-72, pages 237-242. arXiv admin note: text overlap with arXiv:1410.3868