Very Massive Stars in the Local Universe

  • Jorick S. VinkEmail author
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 412)


Recent studies have claimed the existence of very massive stars (VMS) up to 300 \(M_{\odot }\) in the local Universe. As this finding may represent a paradigm shift for the canonical stellar upper-mass limit of 150 \(M_{\odot }\), it is timely to evaluate the physics specific to VMS, which is currently missing. For this reason, we decided to construct a book entailing both a discussion of the accuracy of VMS masses (Martins), as well as the physics of VMS formation (Krumholz), mass loss (Vink), instabilities (Owocki), evolution (Hirschi), and fate (theory – Woosley and Heger; observations – Smith).


Massive Star Initial Mass Function Large Magellanic Cloud Local Universe Sanity Check 
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  1. 1.Armagh ObservatoryArmaghIreland

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