Massive Stars: From Pop III and GRBs to the Milky Way

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This collection of papers from the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium on massive stars addresses the many aspects of astrophysics in which these stars play an important role. Review papers are presented from both observational and theoretical work by world experts in the study of these rare stars. Topics discussed include star formation in the local and distant universe, the feedback effects of the massive stars, mass loss from massive stars, and explosions of massive stars. The combination of papers produces a comprehensive overview of up-to-date research in the field, making this book an invaluable resource for professional researchers and for students of astrophysics.

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'This collection complements the other proceedings and its concentration on a few selected topics makes it a good addition to 'Massive Stars' libraries.' The Observatory
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Meet the Author

Mario Livio is a Senior Astrophysicist and Head of the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA.

Eva Villaver is an ESA Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA.

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Table of Contents

Participants vii

Preface ix

High-mass star formation by gravitational collapse of massive cores M. R. Krumholz 1

Observations of massive-star formation N. A. Patel 25

Massive-star formation in the Galactic center D. F. Figer 40

An x-ray tour of massive-star-forming regions with Chandra L. K. Townsley 60

Massive stars: Feedback effects in the local universe M. S. Oey C. J. Clarke 74

The initial mass function in clusters B. G. Elmegreen 93

Massive stars and star clusters in the Antennae galaxies B. C. Whitmore 104

On the binarity of Eta Carinae T. R. Gull 116

Parameters and winds of hot massive stars R. P. Kudritzki M. A. Urbaneja 126

Unraveling the Galaxy to find the first stars J. Tumlinson 152

Optically observable zero-age main-sequence O stars N. R. Walborn 167

Metallicity-dependent Wolf-Rayet winds P. A. Crowther 178

Eruptive mass loss in very massive stars and Population III stars N. Smith 187

From progenitor to afterlife R. A. Chevalier 199

Pair-production supernovae: Theory and observation E. Scannapieco 209

Cosmic infrared background and Population III: An overview A. Kashlinsky 228

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