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Empirical Properties of Very Massive Stars

  • Fabrice MartinsEmail author
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 412)

Abstract

In this chapter we present the properties of the most massive stars known by the end of 2013. We start with a summary of historical claims for stars with masses in excess of several hundreds, even thousands of solar masses. We then describe how we determine masses for single stars. We focus on the estimates of luminosities and on the related uncertainties. We also highlight the limitations of evolutionary models used to convert luminosities into masses. The most luminous single stars in the Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds are subsequently presented. The uncertainties on their mass determinations are described. Finally, we present binary stars. After recalling some basics of binary analysis, we present the most massive binary systems and the estimates of their dynamical masses.

Keywords

Light Curve Effective Temperature Massive Star Mass Loss Rate Atmosphere Model 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author thanks Paul Crowther for discussions on the mass determination of the R136 stars.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LUPM, Université Montpellier 2, CNRSMontpellierFrance

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