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Very massive stars in the local universe

  • Recent studies have claimed the existence of very massive stars (VMS) up to 300 M⊙ in the local Universe. As this finding may represent a paradigm shift for the canonical stellar upper-mass limit of 150 M⊙, it is timely to discuss the status of the data, as well as the far-reaching implications of such objects. We held a Joint Discussion at the General Assembly in Beijing to discuss (i) the determination of the current masses of the most massive stars, (ii) the formation of VMS, (iii) their mass loss, and (iv) their evolution and final fate. The prime aim was to reach broad consensus between observers and theorists on how to identify and quantify the dominant physical processes.

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Author:Jorick Sandor Vink, Alexander HegerORCiD, Mark R. Krumholz, Joachim Puls, S. Banerjee, N. Castro, K.-J. Chen, A.-N. Chenè, P. A. CrowtherORCiD, A. Daminelli, G. Gräfener, J. H. Groh, Wolf-Rainer HamannORCiDGND, S. Heap, A. Herrero, L. Kaper, F. Najarro, Lidia M. Oskinova, A. Roman-Lopes, A. Rosen, A. Sander, M. Shirazi, Y. Sugawara, F. Tramper, D. Vanbeveren, R. Voss, A. Wofford, Y. Zhang
Parent Title (English):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Reihe
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Reihe (601)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2019/02/14
Year of Completion:2012
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2019/02/14
Tag:stars: mass-loss; stars: massive stars; stars: stellar evolution
Source:Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union 10 (2012) 16 (Higlights of Astronomy), pp. 51–79 DOI 10.1017/S1743921314004657
Organizational units:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 52 Astronomie / 520 Astronomie und zugeordnete Wissenschaften
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Grantor:Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Licence (German):License LogoKeine Nutzungslizenz vergeben - es gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht