IAU Joint Discussions (GA)

JD2: Very massive stars in the local universe

Start date/time

August 20, 2012

End date/time

August 22, 2012


China, Nanjing


Jorick Vink

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Coordinating Division

Division IV Stars

SOC Chair: Jorick S. Vink (United Kingdom)

SOC Members: Artemio Herrero (Spain), Alexander Heger (United States), Dany Vanbeveren (Belgium), Anthony Moffat (Canada)

Editor of Proceedings: Jorick S. Vink (United Kingdom)


  • Weighing the most massive stars from their binary motions
  • Stellar spectra of O and Wolf-Rayet stars
  • Mass determinations from stellar spectroscopy and model atmosphere analysis
  • Formation of the most massive stars
  • Mass loss mechanisms, incl. eruptions of Luminous Blue Variables
  • Stellar structure and evolution
  • The fate of the most massive stars (over cosmological time)
  • Mass and energy return to the interstellar medium (ISM)


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