Institute of Astronomy

Forming the most massive stars in the Universe

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John Ilee23 November 2016
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Talk Summary

Massive stars have an extreme effect on the Universe - stellar winds, ionising radiation and supernova explosions all act to shape and enrich the Galaxies in which they form.  However, despite this importance, we know embarrassingly little about how they form.  In this talk, I will give an overview of our current understanding of the star formation process based on the latest results from the largest new telescopes along with state of the art supercomputer modelling.  I will discuss the problems associated with investigating massive star formation, and how we are using novel techniques to try and discover more about how these extreme heavyweight stars come to exist.

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