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Luminous Blue Variables

  • D. John Hillier
III. Stellar Winds and Massive Stars
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 401)

Abstract

Properties of Luminous Blue Variables (LBVs) are reviewed. We focus on the relationship of LBVs to other emission line stars (e.g. Ofpe/WN stars, B[e] stars), noting the overlap in properties that occur between the different classes. The importance of the peculiar Hubble-Sandage ‘Var A’ in M33 is emphasized. We highlight evidence that suggests that not all LBVs undergo a dramatic increase in mass loss during the LBV outburst. Recent results achieved in modeling of LBV spectra are discussed: Model ionization structures, and model profiles are presented to emphasize the complex radiative transfer effects occurring in LBV stellar winds. Finally, new results concerning the infamous LBV Eta Carinae, and its associated Homunculus, are presented.

Keywords

Mass Loss Massive Star Ionization Structure Planetary Nebula Bolometric Luminosity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. John Hillier
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik der Universität MünchenMünchen 80Germany

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