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Presents the latest status of research on very massive stars and explains why stars may reach up to ~300 solar masses
Contains the necessary background material to serve as an entry point into this exciting field of astrophysics
Provides contributions from the top researchers in the field
This book presents the status of research on very massive stars in the Universe. While it has been claimed that stars with over 100 solar masses existed in the very early Universe, recent studies have also discussed the existence and deaths of stars up to 300 solar masses in the local Universe. This represents a paradigm shift for the stellar upper-mass limit, which may have major implications far beyond the field of stellar physics.
The book comprises 7 chapters, which describe this discipline and provide sufficient background and introductory content for graduate (PhD) students and researchers from different branches of astronomy to be able to enter this exciting new field of very massive stars.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »100 Solar Mass Stars - Evolution of Very Massive Stars - Explosion of Very Massive Stars - Mass Loss of Very Massive Stars - Measuring Massive Stars - Nucleo Synthesis in Very Massive Stars - Radiation Pressure in Stellar Winds - Star Formation in the Early Universe - Stars in the Early Universe - Stellar Wind Theory - Winds of Very Massive Stars