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The MiMeS project: first results

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 November 2008

Jason H. Grunhut
Affiliation:
Royal Military College of Canada
E. Alecian
Affiliation:
Royal Military College of Canada LESIA, France
D. A. Bohlender
Affiliation:
Canadian Astronomy Data Centre
J.-C. Bouret
Affiliation:
LAM, France
H. Henrichs
Affiliation:
Ast. Inst. Amsterdam, Netherlands
C. Neiner
Affiliation:
GEPI, France
V. Petit
Affiliation:
Université Laval, Canada
N. St. Louis
Affiliation:
Univ. de Montréal, Canada
M. Aurière
Affiliation:
LAT, France
O. Kochukhov
Affiliation:
Uppsala University, Sweden
J. Silvester
Affiliation:
Royal Military College of Canada
G. A. Wade
Affiliation:
Royal Military College of Canada
A. ud-Doula
Affiliation:
Morrisville State College, USA
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Abstract

Massive stars are those stars with initial masses above about 8 times that of the sun, eventually leading to catastrophic explosions in the form of supernovae. These represent the most massive and luminous stellar component of the Universe, and are the crucibles in which the lion's share of the chemical elements are forged. These rapidly-evolving stars drive the chemistry, structure and evolution of galaxies, dominating the ecology of the Universe - not only as supernovae, but also during their entire lifetimes - with far-reaching consequences. Although the existence of magnetic fields in massive stars is no longer in question, our knowledge of the basic statistical properties of massive star magnetic fields is seriously incomplete. The Magnetism in Massive Stars (MiMeS) Project represents a comprehensive, multidisciplinary strategy by an international team of recognized researchers to address the “big questions” related to the complex and puzzling magnetism of massive stars. This paper present the first results of the MiMeS Large Program at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.

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Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2009

References

Donati, J.-F., Semel, M., Carter, B. D., & Rees, D. E., Collier Cameron, A. 1997, MNRAS 291, 658CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Power, J., Wade, G. A., Aurière, M., Silvester, J., & Hanes, D. 2007, Physics of Magnetic Stars, Special Astrophysical Observatory, p. 89Google Scholar

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