Clark, J. S.
|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1743921308020620|
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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|
|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)|
|Depositing User:||Astrid Peterkin|
|Date Deposited:||23 Feb 2009 16:43|
|Last Modified:||15 Jan 2016 09:29|
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