Luminous blue variables are antisocial: their isolation implies that they are kicked mass gainers in binary evolution

@article{Smith2015LuminousBV,
  title={Luminous blue variables are antisocial: their isolation implies that they are kicked mass gainers in binary evolution},
  author={N. Smith and R. Tombleson},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2015},
  volume={447},
  pages={598-617}
}
Based on their relatively isolated environments, we argue that LBVs must be primarily the product of binary evolution, challenging the traditional single-star view wherein LBVs mark a brief transition between massive O stars and Wolf-Rayet (WR) stars. If the latter were true, then LBVs should be concentrated in young clusters and found alongside main-sequence stars with similarly high inferred initial mass. This is decidedly not the case. Examining locations of LBVs compared to O stars in our… Expand
98 Citations

Figures and Tables from this paper

Modelling luminous-blue-variable isolation
  • 14
  • PDF
Luminous blue variables and the fates of very massive stars
  • N. Smith
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
  • 2017
  • 16
Shedding Light on the Isolation of Luminous Blue Variables
  • 14
  • Highly Influenced
  • PDF
How common is LBV S Dor variability at low metallicity
  • 11
  • PDF
Luminous Blue Variables
  • 2
  • PDF
Luminous blue variables: An imaging perspective on their binarity and near environment
  • 9
  • PDF
On the Social Traits of Luminous Blue Variables
  • 46
  • PDF
Helium Stars: Towards an Understanding of Wolf-Rayet Evolution
  • 27
  • PDF
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 124 REFERENCES
Massive star evolution: luminous blue variables as unexpected supernova progenitors
  • 91
  • PDF
A SAMPLE OF OB STARS THAT FORMED IN THE FIELD
  • 36
  • PDF
The Luminous Blue Variables: Astrophysical Geysers
  • 611
  • Highly Influential
The massive star binary fraction in young open clusters – II. NGC 6611 (Eagle Nebula)
  • 68
  • PDF
Binary Interaction Dominates the Evolution of Massive Stars
  • 897
  • PDF
...
1
2
3
4
5
...