Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 139, Issue 1, pp 149–153 | Cite as

The Wolf-Rayet mass-luminosity relation

  • Martin Beech


We consider the mass-luminosity relation proposed for the Wolf-Rayet stars on the basis of detailed numerical models. It is found that the linear form of this relation can be explained in a straight-forward manner and is due to essentially three factors, (i) the WR stars are approximately chemically homogenous, (ii) the stars evolve under constant radiation pressure, and (iii) the stars evolve with high mass loss.


Radiation Mass Loss Numerical Model Linear Form High Mass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Beech
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  1. 1.Astronomy DepartmentUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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