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2012MNRAS.424.1925C - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 424, 1925-1929 (2012/August-2)

A spectroscopic survey on the multiplicity of high-mass stars.


Abstract (from CDS):

The formation of stars above about 20M and their apparently high multiplicity remain heavily debated subjects in astrophysics. We have performed a vast high-resolution radial velocity spectroscopic survey of about 250 O- and 540 B-type stars in the southern Milky Way which indicates that the majority of stars (>82percent) with masses above 16Mform close binary systems while this fraction rapidly drops to 20percent for stars of 3M. The binary fractions of O-type stars among different environment classes are: clusters (72±13percent), associations (73±8percent), field (43±13percent) and runaways (69±11percent). The high frequency of close pairs with components of similar mass argues in favour of a multiplicity originating from the formation process rather than from a tidal capture in a dense cluster. The high binary frequency of runaway O stars that we found in our survey (69percent compared to 19–26percent in previous surveys) points to the importance of ejection from young star clusters and thus supports the competitive accretion scenario.

Abstract Copyright: 2012 The Authors Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 2012 RAS

Journal keyword(s): binaries: close - binaries: general - binaries: spectroscopic - stars: early-type - stars: formation and the state Nordrhein-Westfalen

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/MNRAS/424/1925): table1.dat>

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