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STA1: Massive stars: From the Milky Way to beyond the Local Group

Session Organisers:

Chris Evans (ATC, Edinburgh, UK), P aul Crowther (Sheffield), Ben Davies (Cambridge), Rolf Kudritzki (MPA, Munich), Norbert Langer (Bonn), Joachim Puls (USM, Munich), Jorick Vink (Armagh)


Massive stars are the dominant population in star-forming galaxies, driving their evolution via intense radiation fields and feedback from their winds and supernova explosions. Only by improving our models of stellar evolution via empirical studies in the local Universe can we hope to achieve a realistic interpretation of unresolved populations in distant galaxies.

Recent work in the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds has led to important new insights in our understanding of massive stars, such as revision of the upper-mass limit to the IMF, the incidence of multiplicity, the effects of metallicity, and the role of rotational mixing in their atmospheres. In parallel to these efforts, spectroscopy of luminous massive stars in galaxies at Mpc distances has been used to obtain direct chemical abundances, tracing the star-formation history and chemical evolution of their host galaxies. We invite talks for two sessions on topics related to massive star evolution, supernova progenitors, and extragalactic massive stars.


This is a complete listing of all 12 entries

Poster Session A
The young massive cluster R136: in virial equilibrium and rotating  Vincent Henault-Brunet
LBV nebulae in the Local Group  Kerstin Weis

Tuesday 27th 10:00-11:15
10:00 Probing nearby galaxies with the brightest stars in the Universe [Invited]  Miguel Urbaneja
10:30 Early-type stars in the Wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud  Rainer Hainich
10:45 Red Supergiants as Cosmic Abundance Probes  Ben Davies
11:00 Models for the circumstellar medium of runaway young red supergiants: application to Betelgeuse?  Jonathan Mackey

Tuesday 27th 11:45-13:00
11:45 Weak magnetic fields in early-type stars  Jon Braithwaite
12:00 The mass loss and nature of B supergiants  Blagovest Petrov
12:15 The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey  Chris Evans
12:25 The most massive stars in the Universe: the Of/WN transition  Joachim M. Bestenlehner
12:37 The evolution of rotating very massive stars in the LMC  Karen Koehler
12:49 Peculiar objects from the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey  Paul Dunstall