The R136 star cluster dissected with Hubble Space Telescope/STIS. I. Far-ultraviolet spectroscopic census and the origin of He II λ1640 in young star clusters

  title={The R136 star cluster dissected with Hubble Space Telescope/STIS. I. Far-ultraviolet spectroscopic census and the origin of He II $\lambda$1640 in young star clusters},
  author={Paul A. Crowther and Saida M. Caballero-Nieves and K. Azalee Bostroem and Jes{\'u}s Ma{\'i}z Apell{\'a}niz and Fabian R. N. Schneider and Nolan R. Walborn and C R Angus and Ines Brott and Aristides M. Bonanos and Alex de Koter and Selma E. de Mink and C. J. Evans and Gotz Grafener and Artemio Herrero and Ian D. Howarth and Norbert Langer and Daniel J. Lennon and Joachim Puls and Hugues Sana and Jorick S. Vink},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
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