Next Article in Journal
Planets in Binaries: Formation and Dynamical Evolution
Next Article in Special Issue
Massive Stars in the Tarantula Nebula: A Rosetta Stone for Extragalactic Supergiant HII Regions
Previous Article in Journal
Biosignatures Search in Habitable Planets
Previous Article in Special Issue
The History Goes On: Century Long Study of Romano’s Star
Open AccessReview

A Census of B[e] Supergiants

Astronomical Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Fričova 298, 251 65 Ondřejov, Czech Republic
Galaxies 2019, 7(4), 83;
Received: 7 August 2019 / Revised: 22 September 2019 / Accepted: 25 September 2019 / Published: 29 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Luminous Stars in Nearby Galaxies)
Stellar evolution theory is most uncertain for massive stars. For reliable predictions of the evolution of massive stars and their final fate, solid constraints on the physical parameters, and their changes along the evolution and in different environments, are required. Massive stars evolve through a variety of short transition phases, in which they can experience large mass-loss either in the form of dense winds or via sudden eruptions. The B[e] supergiants comprise one such group of massive transition objects. They are characterized by dense, dusty disks of yet unknown origin. In the Milky Way, identification and classification of B[e] supergiants is usually hampered by their uncertain distances, hence luminosities, and by the confusion of low-luminosity candidates with massive pre-main sequence objects. The extragalactic objects are often mistaken as quiescent or candidate luminous blue variables, with whom B[e] supergiants share a number of spectroscopic characteristics. In this review, proper criteria are provided, based on which B[e] supergiants can be unambiguously classified and separated from other high luminosity post-main sequence stars and pre-main sequence stars. Using these criteria, the B[e] supergiant samples in diverse galaxies are critically inspected, to achieve a reliable census of the current population. View Full-Text
Keywords: stars: massive; stars: emission line, Be; supergiants; stars: winds, outflows; circumstellar matter stars: massive; stars: emission line, Be; supergiants; stars: winds, outflows; circumstellar matter
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Kraus, M. A Census of B[e] Supergiants. Galaxies 2019, 7, 83.

AMA Style

Kraus M. A Census of B[e] Supergiants. Galaxies. 2019; 7(4):83.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Kraus, Michaela. 2019. "A Census of B[e] Supergiants" Galaxies 7, no. 4: 83.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Search more from Scilit
Back to TopTop