An upper limit to the masses of stars

@article{Figer2005AnUL,
  title={An upper limit to the masses of stars},
  author={Donald F. Figer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={434},
  pages={192-194}
}
  • D. Figer
  • Published 8 March 2005
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Nature
There is no accepted upper mass limit for stars. Such a basic quantity eludes both theory and observation, because of an imperfect understanding of the star-formation process and because of incompleteness in surveying the Galaxy. The Arches cluster is ideal for investigating such limits, being large enough to expect stars at least as massive as ∼500 solar masses (∼ 500 M [circdot]; based on a typical mass function), and young enough for its most massive members to still be visible. It is also… Expand
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