Evolutionary Diagnostics of LBV Spectra and Systems in the LMC

  • Nolan R. Walborn
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 157)


The characteristics of the Ofpe/WN9 class in the LMC, including two newly discovered members, are reviewed; a strong relationship between this class and the LBVs is established by HDE 269858 = Radcliffe 127, currently in outburst with a spectrum identical to that of S Doradus. The evidence for CNO-cycle products, i.e., enhanced N and He, on the surfaces and in the circumstellar nebulae of Ofpe/WN9 objects and LBVs is discussed, with emphasis on recent near-IR observations of He/H. Finally, the occurrence of several Ofpe/WN9 and LBV stars in compact multiple systems will enable valuable information about the evolutionary status of the peculiar objects to be derived. Strong threads unite these three topics: the same objects frequently recur in each.


Magellanic Cloud Helium Abundance Large Magellanic Cloud Poster Paper Luminous Blue Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nolan R. Walborn
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  1. 1.Space Telescope Science InstituteBaltimoreUSA

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