Stars, formation and evolution

Massive stars of spectral type O and early B are found at the blue and bright end of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. They have masses larger than ten times the mass of the sun. Though few in numbers, they form a particularly important class of objects. Because of their short life and dramatic explosions (supernovae), they trigger star formation in their direct surroundings. Massive stars are also the progenitors of stellar mass black holes and neutron stars. They are also the best candidates to explain the still poorly understood nature of the gamma-ray bursts.

People at The Institute are working on the following topics:

Massive stars - Evolution

Massive stars - Formation

The giant branches