Investigating the properties of Galactic Luminous Blue Variables via IR observations

Clark, J. S.; Arkharov, A.; Larionov, V.; Ritchie, B.; Crowther, P. and Najarro, F. (2011). Investigating the properties of Galactic Luminous Blue Variables via IR observations. Bulletin de la Société Royales des Sciences de Liège, 80 pp. 361–365.

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Abstract

Recent IR surveys of the Galactic plane have revealed a large number of candidate Luminous Blue Variables. In order to verify these classifications we have been undertaking a long term spectroscopic and photometric monitoring campaign supplemented with tailored non-LTE model atmosphere analysis. Here we present a brief overview of selected aspects of this program, highlighting the prospects for identification, classification and quantitative analysis of LBVs in the near-IR spectral window.

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