1033 THE ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF COSMIC DUST
Dr Shazrene Mohamed, astronomer, University of Cape Town and South African Astronomical Observatory
Cosmic dust is important for almost every field of research in astronomy: from studies of the cosmic microwave background radiation to the formation of planets in the Solar System. This course will explore the intimate link between the evolution of stars and the formation, growth and destruction of dust grains. The first lecture will discuss the nature of cosmic dust and outline the cosmic dust cycle. The second will focus on the low- and high-mass stellar systems that form and destroy dust. In the final lecture the observational aspects, for example infrared observations and the upcoming telescopes, such as the James Webb Space Telescope, will be discussed.
1. What is cosmic dust?
2. Dust around low- and high-mass stars
3. Dust and observational astronomy: current and future perspectives