The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey

Evans, C. J.; Bastian, N.; Beletsky, Y.; Brott, I.; Cantiello, M.; Clark, J. S.; Crowther, P. A.; de Koter, A.; de Mink, S.; Dufton, P. L.; Dunstall, P.; Gieles, M.; Gräfener, G.; Hénault-Brunet, V.; Herrero, A.; Howarth, I. D.; Langer, N.; Lennon, D. J.; Maíz Apellàniz, J.; Markova, N.; Najarro, F.; Puls, J.; Sana, H.; Simón-Díaz, S.; Smartt, S. J.; Stroud, V. E.; Taylor, W. D.; Trundle, C.; Th. van Loon, J.; Vink, J. S. and Walborn, N. R. (2009). The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey. In: IAU Symposium 266: Star Clusters - Basic Galactic Building Blocks, 10-14 Aug 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Abstract

The Tarantula Survey is an ambitious ESO Large Programme that has obtained multi-epoch spectroscopy of over 1,000 massive stars in the 30 Doradus region of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Here we introduce the scienti_c motivations of the survey and give an overview of the observational sample. Ultimately, quantitative analysis of every star, paying particular attention to the effects of rotational mixing and binarity, will be used to address fundamental questions in both stellar and cluster evolution.

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