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Very Massive Stars in the Local Universe

  • Jorick S. Vink


  • Presents the latest status of research on very massive stars and explains why stars may reach up to ~300 solar masses

  • Contains the necessary background material to serve as an entry point into this exciting field of astrophysics

  • Provides contributions from the top researchers in the field


Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 412)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jorick S. Vink
    Pages 1-8
  3. Fabrice Martins
    Pages 9-42
  4. Mark R. Krumholz
    Pages 43-75
  5. Jorick S. Vink
    Pages 77-111
  6. Stan. E. Woosley, Alexander Heger
    Pages 199-225
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-268

About this book


This book presents the status of research on very massive stars in the Universe. While it has been claimed that stars with over 100 solar masses existed in the very early Universe, recent studies have also discussed the existence and deaths of stars up to 300 solar masses in the local Universe. This represents a paradigm shift for the stellar upper-mass limit, which may have major implications far beyond the field of stellar physics.

The book comprises 7 chapters, which describe this discipline and provide sufficient background and introductory content for graduate (PhD) students and researchers from different branches of astronomy to be able to enter this exciting new field of very massive stars.


100 Solar Mass Stars Evolution of Very Massive Stars Explosion of Very Massive Stars Mass Loss of Very Massive Stars Measuring Massive Stars Nucleo Synthesis in Very Massive Stars Radiation Pressure in Stellar Winds Star Formation in the Early Universe Stars in the Early Universe Stellar Wind Theory Winds of Very Massive Stars

Editors and affiliations

  • Jorick S. Vink
    • 1
  1. 1.Senior Research AstronomerArmagh ObservatoryArmaghIreland

About the editors

Jorick Vink is a Senior Research Astronomer at Armagh Observatory, Northern Ireland. His primary research interests include mass loss from massive stars as a function of metallicity, line polarimetry to probe circumstellar geometries in massive evolved as well as young stars (as to study star formation), and in Horizontal Branch morphologies.
Dr. Vink organized the Joint Discussion "Very massive stars in the local universe", which took place at the IAU General Assembly 2012 in Beijing, and where international top specialist in the field presented and discussed their research.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Very Massive Stars in the Local Universe
  • Editors Jorick S. Vink
  • Series Title Astrophysics and Space Science Library
  • Series Abbreviated Title Astrophysics, Space Sci.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-09595-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-34514-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-09596-7
  • Series ISSN 0067-0057
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-7985
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 268
  • Number of Illustrations 33 b/w illustrations, 43 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astrophysics and Astroparticles
    Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
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