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Westerlund 1 as a Template for Massive Star Evolution

Clark, J. S. (2007). Westerlund 1 as a Template for Massive Star Evolution. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 3 pp. 301–306.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1743921308020620
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Abstract

With a dynamical mass Mdyn ~ 1.3×105 M and a lower limit Mcl > 5 × 104 M from star counts, Westerlund 1 is the most massive young open cluster known in the Galaxy and thus the perfect laboratory to study massive star evolution. We have developed a comprehensive spectral classification scheme for supergiants based on features in the 6000–9000Å range, which allows us to identify > 30 very luminous supergiants in Westerlund 1 and ~ 100 other less evolved massive stars, which join the large population of Wolf-Rayet stars already known. Though detailed studies of these stars are still pending, preliminary rough estimates suggest that the stars we see are evolving to the red part of the HR diagram at approximately constant luminosity.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1743-9213
Keywords: stars: early-type – stars: evolution – supergiants – stars: Wolf-Rayet – open clusters and associations: individual (Westerlund 1)
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 14968
Depositing User: Astrid Peterkin
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2009 16:43
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:23
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/14968
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