Luminous Blue Variables & Mass Loss near the Eddington Limit

  title={Luminous Blue Variables \& Mass Loss near the Eddington Limit},
  author={Stanley P. Owocki and A. J. van Marle},
  journal={Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union},
  pages={71 - 82}
  • S. Owocki, A. J. Marle
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Physics
  • Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Abstract During the course of their evolution, massive stars lose a substantial fraction of their initial mass, both through steady winds and through relatively brief eruptions during their Luminous Blue Variable (LBV) phase. This talk reviews the dynamical driving of this mass loss, contrasting the line-driving of steady winds to the potential role of continuum driving for eruptions during LBV episodes when the star exceeds the Eddington limit. A key theme is to emphasize the inherent limits… 
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