The origin of massive O-type field stars II . Field O stars as runaways

  title={The origin of massive O-type field stars II . Field O stars as runaways},
  author={W. J. de Wit and Leonardo Testi and Francesco Palla and Hans Zinnecker},
In two papers we try to confirm that all Galactic high-mass stars are formed in a cluster environment, by excluding that O-type stars found in the Galactic field actually formed there. In de Wit et al. (2004) we presented deep K-band imaging of 5 arcmin fields centred on 43 massive O-type field stars that revealed that the large majority of these objects are single objects. In this contribution we explore the possibility that the field O stars are dynamically ejected from young clusters, by… CONTINUE READING
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