How Massive the Wolf-Rayet Stars are ?
If the Wolf-Rayet stars are produced by the evolution of massive stars with mass loss (Paczynski 1967, Conti 1976) from O stars to WN stars and thereafter to WC stars, then we may expect to observe a correlation of decreasing mean masses in the same sense as the evolution. Information about the masses of WR stars are obtained from studies of binary systems with WR components. Table 1 presents the today available data for the WN type stars.
KeywordsMassive Star Velocity Curve Type Star Radial Velocity Curve Radial Velocity Variation
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