Time: 11:00 h
Author: Jorick Vink
Whilst very massive stars (VMS) with 100+ solar masses have
been claimed to exist in the very early Universe, possibly causing
Cosmic Reionisation, recent studies have suggested
the existence of stars up to 300 solar masses in our local
Universe, which came as a surprise to many workers both
inside and outside the field.
These massive beasts are also thought to be the objects
that collapsed into "heavy" Black Holes that were recently
discovered through Gravitational Waves.
I will discuss the life & deaths of VMS from a
theoretical point-of-view, before testing these theories
against observations from the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey