Preprint: Impact of stripped stars on integrated spectra

11 Jan

Ylva Götberg’s third thesis paper has been submitted to A&A. In this paper, we present predictions for the integrated spectra of stellar populations including the hard ionizing photons expected from hot stars that have lost their envelope through interaction with a binary companion. The SED’s will be made available through the STARBURST99 portal. Find a preview here.

Preprint: Pulsational pair-instability supernovae in very close binaries

4 Jan

Anticipating new gravitational wave detections of heavy binary black holes, Pablo Marchant (CIERA) together with Bincosmos group members Mathieu Renzo and Rob Farmer’s explore the effects of pulsations experienced by the most massive stars. Find a preview here.

“Pulsational pair-instability supernovae in very close binaries” by Pablo Marchant, Mathieu Renzo,Robert Farmer, Kaliroe M. W. Pappas, Ronald E. Taam, Selma de Mink, and Vassiliki Kalogera.

Gaia & HST astrometry of a very massive ˜150 M⊙ candidate runaway star

1 Jan

A 150 Msun candidate runaway star.

Mathieu Renzo’s investigation of what is probably the most massive runaway star currently known. Using Gaia and Hubble Space Telescope data he tries to determine the origin of this extreme star, which has likely been ejected by the very young star cluster R136. The cluster is famous for harboring several of these monster stars as shown in earlier work. Now published in MNRAS.

Floor Broekgaarden, David Hendriks and Karel Temmink ready to start their PHD studies

12 Dec

Three BinCosmos students obtained their MSc degree today. Floor Broekgaarden (who will continue her PhD studies at Harvard), David Hendriks (who will move to Surrey to work with Rob Izzard) and Karel Temmink (who will move to Nijmegen to work with Onno Pols). Floor was also awarded the shared prize for the best thesis and the second prize for the best student colloquium and obtained her degree cum laude.

Dr. Zapartas thesis defense

10 Dec
Manos Zapartas and proud group members after Manos’ successful defense of his PhD
thesis on the impact of binarity on the statistical properties of core collapse
supernovae. He will be continuing as a postdoc in Geneva in the group of Tassos Fragos.

Unifying Subdwarfs and Wolf-Rayet stars as a sequence of stripped-envelope stars

12 Feb

Ylva Götberg’s second paper on the spectra of the stripped stars stripped is now accepted, featuring “obese subdwarfs”, “underweight Wolf-Rayet stars” and everything in between, including a demonstration of why astronomers are effectively colorblind, making these stars nearly invisible to us when they have a companion.

Y. GötbergS. E. de MinkJ. H. GrohT. KupferP. A. CrowtherE. ZapartasM. Renzo (2018) “Spectral models for binary products: Unifying Subdwarfs and Wolf-Rayet stars as a sequence of stripped-envelope stars”,  accepted for publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics, preprint available here