N. St. Louis
- The MiMeS project: first results
- Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API)
Massive stars are those stars with initial masses above about 8 times that of the sun, eventually leading to catastrophic explosions in the form of supernovae. These represent the most massive and luminous stellar component of the Universe, and are the crucibles in which the lion's share of the chemical elements are forged. These rapidly-evolving stars drive the chemistry, structure and evolution of galaxies, dominating the ecology of the Universe - not only as supernovae, but also during their entire lifetimes - with far-reaching consequences. Although the existence of magnetic fields in massive stars is no longer in question, our knowledge of the basic statistical properties of massive star magnetic fields is seriously incomplete. The Magnetism in Massive Stars (MiMeS) Project represents a comprehensive, multidisciplinary strategy by an international team of recognized researchers to address the "big questions" related to the complex and puzzling magnetism of massive stars. This paper present the first results of the MiMeS Large Program at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.
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- DOI: 10.1017/S1743921309030798; eprintid: arXiv:0812.4079
Proceedings title: IAU Symposium 259: Cosmic magnetic fields: from planets, to stars and galaxies
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of publication: Cambridge
Editors: K.G. Strassmeier, A.G. Kosovichev, J.E. Beckman
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