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Taïssa Danilovich
KU Leuven

Lifting the veil on evolved stars with with airborne astronomy

Evolved stars are important contributors to the chemical enrichment of galaxies through the injection of newly-formed dust and enriched gas into their surroundings. However, the mass-loss mechanisms and the processes of dust nucleation are not fully understood, which hampers our understanding of other fields, including stellar evolution and galactic chemical evolution. I will discuss these and other outstanding problems related to the study of evolved stars that can be solved or better understood with stratospheric observations in the infrared and submillimetre regimes.