Magnetic massive stars

Rich Townsend, David H. Cohen, Luc Dessart, Swetlana Hubrig, Yaël Nazé, Véronique Petit, Asif Ud-Doula, Nolan R. Walborn

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Magnetic fields are unexpected in massive stars, due to the absence of a sub-surface convective dynamo. However, advances in instrumentation over the past three decades have led to their detection in a small but growing subset of these stars. Moreover, complementary theoretical developments have highlighted their potentially significant influence over the structure, evolution and circumstellar environments of massive stars. Here, we summarize a special session convened prior to the main conference, focused on presenting recent developments in the study of massive-star magnetic fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-586
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS250
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Townsend, R., Cohen, D. H., Dessart, L., Hubrig, S., Nazé, Y., Petit, V., Ud-Doula, A., & Walborn, N. R. (2007). Magnetic massive stars. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 3(S250), 577-586.