The Dependence of Mass Loss on the Basic Stellar Parameters
We determined the dependence of mass loss on the stellar parameters for O and B stars of various luminosities. We used four homogenous sets of mass loss rates derived by different authors from the radioflux, the infrared excess, the UV lines and Hα emission. As the rates derived from the radio flux are the least dependent on model assumptions for the stellar wind, these will be adopted as our standards. The others sets of mass loss rates will be corrected for the differences in the adopted wind model, especially in the velocity law, by scaling the rates to those derived from radio data, using the stars which the different sets have in common.
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