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The Impact of Massive Binaries Through Cosmic Time

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Project "BinCosmos" data sheet

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 1˙926˙634 €
 EC max contribution 1˙926˙634 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙926˙634.00


 Project objective

Massive stars play many key roles in Astrophysics. As COSMIC ENGINES they transformed the pristine Universe left after the Big Bang into our modern Universe. We use massive stars, their explosions and products as COSMIC PROBES to study the conditions in the distant Universe and the extreme physics inaccessible at earth. Models of massive stars are thus widely applied. A central common assumption is that massive stars are non-rotating single objects, in stark contrast with new data. Recent studies show that majority (70% according to our data) will experience severe interaction with a companion (Sana, de Mink et al. Science 2012).

I propose to conduct the most ambitious and extensive exploration to date of the effects of binarity and rotation on the lives and fates of massive stars to (I) transform our understanding of the complex physical processes and how they operate in the vast parameter space and (II) explore the cosmological implications after calibrating and verifying the models. To achieve this ambitious objective I will use an innovative computational approach that combines the strength of two highly complementary codes and seek direct confrontation with observations to overcome the computational challenges that inhibited previous work.

This timely project will provide the urgent theory framework needed for interpretation and guiding of observing programs with the new facilities (JWST, LSST, aLIGO/VIRGO). Public release of the model grids and code will ensure wide impact of this project. I am in the unique position to successfully lead this project because of my (i) extensive experience modeling the complex physical processes, (ii) leading role in introducing large statistical simulations in the massive star community and (iii) direct involvement in surveys that will be used in this project.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Imants Platais, Daniel J. Lennon, Roeland P. van der Marel, Andrea Bellini, Elena Sabbi, Laura L. Watkins, Sangmo T. Sohn, Nolan R. Walborn, Luigi R. Bedin, Christopher J. Evans, Selma E. de Mink, Hugues Sana, Artemio Herrero, Norbert Langer, Paul Crowther
HST Astrometry in the 30 Doradus Region. II. Runaway Stars from New Proper Motions in the Large Magellanic Cloud
published pages: 98, ISSN: 1538-3881, DOI: 10.3847/1538-3881/aad280
The Astronomical Journal 156/3 2019-10-15
2018 M Renzo, S E de Mink, D J Lennon, I Platais, R P van der Marel, E Laplace, J M Bestenlehner, C J Evans, V Hénault-Brunet, S Justham, A de Koter, N Langer, F Najarro, F R N Schneider, J S Vink
Space astrometry of the very massive ∼150 M⊙ candidate runaway star VFTS682
published pages: L102-L106, ISSN: 1745-3933, DOI: 10.1093/mnrasl/sly194
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 482/1 2019-10-15
2017 Nathan Smith, Ylva Götberg, Selma E de Mink
Extreme isolation of WN3/O3 stars and implications for their evolutionary origin as the elusive stripped binaries
published pages: 772-782, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx3181
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 475/1 2019-10-15
2017 E. P. J. van den Heuvel, S. F. Portegies Zwart, S. E. de Mink
Forming short-period Wolf–Rayet X-ray binaries and double black holes through stable mass transfer
published pages: 4256-4264, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stx1430
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 471/4 2019-10-15
2017 Y. Götberg, S. E. de Mink, J. H. Groh
Ionizing spectra of stars that lose their envelope through interaction with a binary companion: role of metallicity
published pages: A11, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201730472
Astronomy & Astrophysics 608 2019-10-15
2018 Y. Götberg, S. E. de Mink, J. H. Groh, T. Kupfer, P. A. Crowther, E. Zapartas, M. Renzo
Spectral models for binary products: Unifying subdwarfs and Wolf-Rayet stars as a sequence of stripped-envelope stars
published pages: A78, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201732274
Astronomy & Astrophysics 615 2019-10-15
2018 F. R. N. Schneider, O. H. Ramírez-Agudelo, F. Tramper, J. M. Bestenlehner, N. Castro, H. Sana, C. J. Evans, C. Sabín-Sanjulián, S. Simón-Díaz, N. Langer, L. Fossati, G. Gräfener, P. A. Crowther, S. E. de Mink, A. de Koter, M. Gieles, A. Herrero, R. G. Izzard, V. Kalari, R. S. Klessen, D. J. Lennon, L. Mahy, J. Maíz Apellániz, N. Markova, J. Th. van Loon, J. S. Vink, N. R. Walborn
The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey
published pages: A73, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201833433
Astronomy & Astrophysics 618 2019-10-15
2018 J. Japelj, S. D. Vergani, R. Salvaterra, M. Renzo, E. Zapartas, S. E. de Mink, L. Kaper, S. Zibetti
Host galaxies of SNe Ic-BL with and without long gamma-ray bursts
published pages: A105, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201833209
Astronomy & Astrophysics 617 2019-10-15
2018 Alejandro Vigna-Gómez, Coenraad J Neijssel, Simon Stevenson, Jim W Barrett, Krzysztof Belczynski, Stephen Justham, Selma E de Mink, Bernhard Müller, Philipp Podsiadlowski, Mathieu Renzo, Dorottya Szécsi, Ilya Mandel
On the formation history of Galactic double neutron stars
published pages: 4009-4029, ISSN: 0035-8711, DOI: 10.1093/mnras/sty2463
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 481/3 2019-10-15
2018 D. J. Lennon, C. J. Evans, R. P. van der Marel, J. Anderson, I. Platais, A. Herrero, S. E. de Mink, H. Sana, E. Sabbi, L. R. Bedin, P. A. Crowther, N. Langer, M. Ramos Lerate, A. del Pino, M. Renzo, S. Simón-Díaz, F. R. N. Schneider
Gaia DR2 reveals a very massive runaway star ejected from R136
published pages: A78, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201833465
Astronomy & Astrophysics 619 2019-10-15
2018 Fabian R. N. Schneider, Hugues Sana, Christopher J. Evans, Joachim M. Bestenlehner, Norberto Castro, Luca Fossati, Götz Gräfener, Norbert Langer, Oscar H. Ramírez-Agudelo, Carolina Sabín-Sanjulián, Sergio Simón-Díaz, Frank Tramper, Paul A. Crowther, Alexander de Koter, Selma E. de Mink, Philip L. Dufton, Miriam Garcia, Mark Gieles, Vincent Hénault-Brunet, Artemio Herrero, Robert G. Izzard, Venu Kalari, Danny J. Lennon, Jesús Maíz Apellániz, Nevy Markova, Francisco Najarro, Philipp Podsiadlowski, Joachim Puls, William D. Taylor, Jacco Th. van Loon, Jorick S. Vink, Colin Norman
Response to Comment on “An excess of massive stars in the local 30 Doradus starburst”
published pages: eaat7032, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7032
Science 361/6400 2019-10-15
2018 Stuart D. Ryder, Schuyler D. Van Dyk, Ori D. Fox, Emmanouil Zapartas, Selma E. de Mink, Nathan Smith, Emily Brunsden, K. Azalee Bostroem, Alexei V. Filippenko, Isaac Shivvers, WeiKang Zheng
Ultraviolet Detection of the Binary Companion to the Type IIb SN 2001ig
published pages: 83, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/aaaf1e
The Astrophysical Journal 856/1 2019-10-15
2019 Wolfgang E. Kerzendorf, Tuan Do, Selma E. de Mink, Ylva Götberg, Dan Milisavljevic, Emmanouil Zapartas, Mathieu Renzo, Stephen Justham, Philipp Podsiadlowski, Robert A. Fesen
No surviving non-compact stellar companion to Cassiopeia A
published pages: A34, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201732206
Astronomy & Astrophysics 623 2019-10-15
2018 F. R. N. Schneider, H. Sana, C. J. Evans, J. M. Bestenlehner, N. Castro, L. Fossati, G. Gräfener, N. Langer, O. H. Ramírez-Agudelo, C. Sabín-Sanjulián, S. Simón-Díaz, F. Tramper, P. A. Crowther, A. de Koter, S. E. de Mink, P. L. Dufton, M. Garcia, M. Gieles, V. Hénault-Brunet, A. Herrero, R. G. Izzard, V. Kalari, D. J. Lennon, J. Maíz Apellániz, N. Markova, F. Najarro, Ph. Podsiadlowski, J. Puls, W. D. Taylor, J. Th. van Loon, J. S. Vink, C. Norman
An excess of massive stars in the local 30 Doradus starburst
published pages: 69-71, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aan0106
Science 359/6371 2019-10-15
2019 M. Renzo, E. Zapartas, S. E. de Mink, Y. Götberg, S. Justham, R. J. Farmer, R. G. Izzard, S. Toonen, H. Sana
Massive runaway and walkaway stars
published pages: A66, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201833297
Astronomy & Astrophysics 624 2019-10-15
2018 A. Schootemeijer, Y. Götberg, S. E. de Mink, D. Gies, E. Zapartas
Clues about the scarcity of stripped-envelope stars from the evolutionary state of the sdO+Be binary system φ Persei
published pages: A30, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731194
Astronomy & Astrophysics 615 2019-10-15

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