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Wind Variations of Wolf-Rayet Stars

  • Anthony F.J. Moffat (a1)

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What distinguishes WR stars from most of their progenitor phases is their dense winds, that often completely hide their small hydrostatic cores. Thus, to learn about these cores, which are especially important in an evolutionary context, we are generally limited to studying the winds only. One way to do this is to examine their ubiquitous variability. Variability studies of (single) WR stars using various techniques have revealed two main classes of wind variation: (1) large-scale and periodic, probably related to rotating disturbances (e.g. NRP or magnetic structures) close to the core surface, and (2) small (multi-) scale and stochastic, probably intrinsic to the winds themselves. The former is only seen rarely in WR stars, contrary to other hot stars. The latter appears to be universal in WR and probably (though less obvious) in all hot-star winds.

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