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Mass loss in the lives and deaths of massive stars

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Project "StarlightWinds" data sheet

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Organization address
address: CALLE SERRANO 117
city: MADRID
postcode: 28006

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 170˙121 €
 EC max contribution 170˙121 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2017-06-30


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 Project objective

Across our Universe, the dynamics and chemical evolution of spiral galaxies like the Milky Way are primarily controlled by the lives and deaths of stars with masses many times that of the Sun. But the evolution of these massive stars is, in turn, highly regulated by the huge amounts of mass lost from their surfaces, by means of powerful starlight-driven winds. These stellar winds critically determine how such massive stars evolve through their lives, and how they finally die in giant supernova explosions. However, due to the very large quantitative uncertainties associated with this mass loss, present-day predictions for such massive-star evolution are seriously flawed.

The overarching goal of this ambitious project is to fundamentally improve this situation by using novel methods to develop new models of radiation-driven winds from hot, massive stars. Combining state-of-the art numerical NLTE radiative transfer and hydrodynamics with innovative analytic techniques and theory development, the applying researcher proposes to 1) develop new, drastically improved wind models from main-sequence massive stars, and 2) simulate the winds of the most massive stars known in the Universe as well as design the very first general predictive theoretical framework for the wind driving and mass loss from evolved Wolf-Rayet stars.

By furthermore examining the effects of the new mass-loss rates on models of stellar evolution, and carefully comparing the new simulation results with observations, this project will fundamentally improve our knowledge of the basic wind-physics of massive stars, as well as significantly contribute to our understanding of the evolution and ultimate fates of these stars. Indeed, the results expected during the fellowship will undoubtedly form the building blocks of many future scientific projects, allowing then for further progress also in the large number of research fields relying on a firm understanding of the lives and deaths of massive stars.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 G. A. Wade, C. Neiner, E. Alecian, J. H. Grunhut, V. Petit, B. de Batz, D. A. Bohlender, D. H. Cohen, H. F. Henrichs, O. Kochukhov, J. D. Landstreet, N. Manset, F. Martins, S. Mathis, M. E. Oksala, S. P. Owocki, Th. Rivinius, M. E. Shultz, J. O. Sundqvist, R. H. D. Townsend, A. ud-Doula, J.-C. Bouret, J. Braithwaite, M. Briquet, A. C. Carciofi, A. David-Uraz, C. P. Folsom, A. W. Fullerton, B. Leroy, W. L. F. Marcolino, A. F. J. Moffat, Y. Nazé, N. St Louis, M. Aurière, S. Bagnulo, J. D. Bailey, R. H. Barbá, A. Blazère, T. Böhm, C. Catala, J.-F. Donati, L. Ferrario, D. Harrington, I. D. Howarth, R. Ignace, L. Kaper, T. Lüftinger, R. Prinja, J. S. Vink, W. W. Weiss, I. Yakunin
The MiMeS survey of magnetism in massive stars: introduction and overview
published pages: 2-22, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stv2568
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 456/1 2019-07-23
2015 Jon O. Sundqvist, Stanley P. Owocki
Effect of scattering on the transonic solution topology and intrinsic variability of line-driven stellar winds
published pages: 3429-3437, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stv1858
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 453/4 2019-07-23
2016 Sushma Kurapati, Poonam Chandra, Gregg Wade, David H. Cohen, Alexandre David-Uraz, Marc Gagne, Jason Grunhut, Mary E. Oksala, Veronique Petit, Matt Shultz, Jon Sundqvist, Richard H. D. Townsend, Asif ud-Doula
A JVLA survey of the high-frequency radio emission of the massive magnetic B- and O-type stars
published pages: 2160-2169, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw2838
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 465/2 2019-07-23
2016 Nathaniel Dylan Kee, Stanley Owocki, J. O. Sundqvist
Line-driven ablation of circumstellar discs – I. Optically thin decretion discs of classical Oe/Be stars
published pages: 2323-2335, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw471
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 458/3 2019-07-23
2016 Stanley P. Owocki, Asif ud-Doula, Jon O. Sundqvist, Veronique Petit, David H. Cohen, Richard H. D. Townsend
An ‘analytic dynamical magnetosphere’ formalism for X-ray and optical emission from slowly rotating magnetic massive stars
published pages: 3830-3844, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw1894
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 462/4 2019-07-23
2016 L. P. Carneiro, J. Puls, J. O. Sundqvist, T. L. Hoffmann
Atmospheric NLTE models for the spectroscopic analysis of blue stars with winds
published pages: A88, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201527718
Astronomy & Astrophysics 590 2019-07-23

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