The masses of late-type WNL stars

Götz Gräfener and Wolf-Rainer Hamann

Universität Potsdam, Institut für Physik, Astrophysik

Potsdam Wolf-Rayet (PoWR) hydrodynamic model atmospheres. Based on a combination of stellar wind modeling and spectral analysis we identify the galactic WNL subtypes as a group of extremely luminous stars close to the Eddington limit. Their luminosities imply progenitor masses around 120 MSun or even above, making them the direct descendants of the most massive stars in the galaxy. Because of the proximity to the Eddington limit our models are very sensitive to the L/M ratio, thus allowing for a direct estimate of the present masses of these objects.

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