Evolution of Massive Stars

A Confrontation between Theory and Observation

  • D. Vanbeveren
  • W. van Rensbergen
  • C. de Loore

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-5
  2. Massive Stars: Setting the Stage

    1. C. de Jager
      Pages 7-19
  3. Number and Distribution of Massive stars

    1. Dominik J. Bomans, Eva K. Grebel
      Pages 61-64
    2. Eva K. Grebel, Wm James Roberts, Jean-Marie Will, Klaas S. De Boer
      Pages 65-68
    3. Antonella Nota, Guido De Marchi, Claus Leitherer, Roberto Ragazzoni, Cesare Barbieri
      Pages 69-73
    4. K. Cananzi, R. Augarde, J. Lequeux
      Pages 75-79
  4. Massive Star Atmospheres and Stellar Winds

    1. A. W. A. Pauldrach, A. Feldmeier, J. Puls, R. P. Kudritzki
      Pages 105-125
    2. A. Herrero
      Pages 137-145
    3. D. J. Lennon, Paolo A. Mazzali, F. Pasian, P. Bonifacio, V. Castellani
      Pages 169-172
    4. S. M. Haser, D. J. Lennon, R.-P. Kudritzki, J. Puls, N. R. Walborn, L. Bianchi et al.
      Pages 179-182
    5. Luciana Bianchi, John Hutchings
      Pages 183-186
    6. S. M. Haser, J. Puls, R.-P. Kudritzki
      Pages 187-190
    7. K. Vyverman, W. Van Rensbergen, D. Vanbeveren
      Pages 191-192
    8. R. E. Schulte-Ladbeck, G. C. Clayton, C. Leitherer, L. Drissen, C. Robert, A. Nota et al.
      Pages 193-198
    9. K. P. Simon, E. Sturm
      Pages 199-202
    10. C. Jordi, E. Masana, F. Figueras, J. Torra, R. Asiain
      Pages 203-206
    11. D. J. Lennon, D. Wobig, R.-P Kudritzki, O. Stahl
      Pages 207-210
    12. A. Damineli Neto, R. Viotti, A. Cassatella, G. B. Baratta
      Pages 211-214
    13. R. Viotti, A. Cassatella, V. F. Polcaro, G. B. Baratta, A. Damineli Neto, C. Rossi et al.
      Pages 215-218
    14. J. Smolinski, J. L. Climenhaga, Y. Huang, Sh. Jiang, M. Schmidt, O. Stahl
      Pages 231-236
    15. Paul A. Crowther, Linda J. Smith, D. John Hillier
      Pages 271-275
    16. Robin L. Kingsburgh, M. J. Barlow, P. J. Storey
      Pages 277-280
    17. Anne B. Underhill, Grant M. Hill
      Pages 281-284
  5. Structure and Evolution of Massive Stars

About this book


Massive stars occupy an exceptional place in general astrophysics. They trigger many if not all of the important processes in galactic evolution whereas due to their intrinsic brightness, they offer the (only until now) possibility to study the stellar content and stellar behaviour in distant galaxies. The last, say, 25 years, massive stars have been the subject of numerous meetings discussing the influence of massive stars on population synthesis, the number distribution of different types of massive stars, the LBV phenomenon, WR stars, X-ray binaries, stellar winds in massive stars, chemical pecularities in massive stars, supernova explosions of massive stars and the important SN1987A event, the influence of massive stars and chemical evolution of galaxies. It is clear that without a theory of stellar evolution, the study of these topics loses a lot of its significance. Massive star evolution therefore got a chance in these meetings, but rarely as a prime subject. The state of the art, the physical processes and the uncertainties in stellar evolution were barely touched. Even more, the influence of close binaries in all these massive star meetings slowly disappeared the last, say, 13 years without any scientific justification, although a significant fraction of stars occurs in close binaries with periods small enough so that both components will interact during their evolution. Denying the binaries or not discussing their influence on results and conclusions, makes the latter very uncertain or even completely unreliable.


Galaxy Population Supernova astrophysics galaxies milky way photometry spectroscopy star stellar stellar evolution telescope

Editors and affiliations

  • D. Vanbeveren
    • 1
  • W. van Rensbergen
    • 1
  • C. de Loore
    • 1
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium

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