Empirical Properties of Very Massive Stars

@article{Martins2015EmpiricalPO,
  title={Empirical Properties of Very Massive Stars},
  author={Fabrice Martins},
  journal={arXiv: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics},
  year={2015},
  volume={412},
  pages={9-42}
}
  • F. Martins
  • Published 1 April 2014
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
In this chapter we present the properties of the most massive stars known by the end of 2013. We start with a summary of historical claims for stars with masses in excess of several hundreds, even thousands of solar masses. We then describe how we determine masses for single stars. We focus on the estimates of luminosities and on the related uncertainties. We also highlight the limitations of evolutionary models used to convert luminosities into masses. The most luminous single stars in the… 

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