Physics of Luminous Blue Variables

Proceedings of the 113th Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union, Held at Val Morin, Quebec Province, Canada, August 15–18, 1988

  • Kris Davidson
  • A. F. J. Moffat
  • H. J. G. L. M. Lamers

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 157)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Main Papers, General Discussions, and Two Panel Discussions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. General Background

    3. Quiescentn vs. eruptive states, and related matters

      1. Kris Davidson
        Pages 101-108
      2. Claus Leitherer, David C. Abbott, Werner Schmutz
        Pages 109-116
      3. F.-J. Zickgraf
        Pages 117-120
      4. J. P. Cassinelli, R. E. Schulte-Ladbeck, C. H. Poe, M. Abbott
        Pages 121-126
      5. Cornelis de Jager, Arnout M. van Genderen
        Pages 127-130
      6. J. Smoliński, J. L. Climenhaga, J. M. Fletcher
        Pages 131-134
      7. H. J. G. L. M. Lamers
        Pages 135-148
    4. Circumstellar ejecta and the possibility of bipolar or axial symmetry

      1. O. Stahl
        Pages 149-158

About these proceedings


A strange field of speculation is opened by this phenomenon ... here we have a star fitfully variable to an astonishing extent. and whose fluctuations are spread over centuries. apparently in no settled period. and with no regularity of progression. What origin can we ascribe to these sudden flashes and relapses? What conclusions are we to draw as to the comfort or habitability of a system depending for its supply of light and heat on so uncertain a source? -- J. F. W. Herschel! We can imagine, at least, that the study of Luminous Blue Variable stars began as the official court astrophysicists of Eridu speculated about a new 5000 years ago first-magnitude star which persisted in their southern sky for several years.2 After that the topic languished for a while, but now it has been renewed following recent observations by Blaeu (P Cygni, c.1600) and Herschel (1] Argus, c.1840) ... -- More soberly, it is only within the past few years that we have begun to understand LBV's and to recognize their coherence as a class. Thus only a minority of astronomers are familiar yet with this relatively new topic, whose potential impli­ cations are of great interest (see below). One purpose of this book, we hope, will be to provide an accessible overview of the subject for interested astronomers and astrophysicists in general.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kris Davidson
    • 1
  • A. F. J. Moffat
    • 2
  • H. J. G. L. M. Lamers
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Département de PhysiqueUniversité de MontréalCanada
  3. 3.SRONLaboratory for Space ResearchUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6955-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1031-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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