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The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey

  • Jorick S. Vink (a1), C.J. Evans (a2), J. Bestenlehner (a1) (a3), C. McEvoy (a4), O. Ramírez-Agudelo (a2), H. Sana (a5), F. Schneider (a6) and VFTS...

Abstract

We present a number of notable results from the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey (VFTS), an ESO Large Program during which we obtained multi-epoch medium-resolution optical spectroscopy of a very large sample of over 800 massive stars in the 30 Doradus region of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). This unprecedented data-set has enabled us to address some key questions regarding atmospheres and winds, as well as the evolution of (very) massive stars. Here we focus on O-type runaways, the width of the main sequence, and the mass-loss rates for (very) massive stars. We also provide indications for the presence of a top-heavy initial mass function (IMF) in 30 Dor.

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