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Physics of Extreme Massive Stars

Objective

Massive stars are extreme cosmic engines, enriching their environments with chemically processed material throughout their entire life-time, and triggering star and planet formation. Despite their importance for the cosmic evolution, their evolutionary path up to their deaths as spectacular supernova explosions is most uncertain due to the lack of precise knowledge of the physical mechanisms behind mass eruptions. We wish to establish a multidisciplinary, international network of researchers from Europe, Asia, and South America with expertise in a variety of disciplines, and with background in both theory and observations. Our ultimate goal is to enlighten the processes that trigger mass loss in massive stars during extreme phases of their evolution. We will develop cutting-edge numerical codes suitable to describe the chemical and dynamical evolution of the stars, their winds, and their large-scale environments. In addition, we will initiate global observing campaigns utilizing facilities at major renowned observatories in combination with our national facilities, and exploit public archives from ground-based and space missions to acquire an outstanding set of urgently needed highest quality data. Confronting predictions from the numerical models with the observations will empower us to derive the first extensive and comprehensive set of precise physical parameters. The acquired results will significantly enhance our knowledge and lead to major advancements in all related fields. The bulk of exchanges will be undertaken by Early Stage Researchers and young Post-docs, who will be educated and trained in modern observing and data analyzing techniques and in high-performance computation, equipping them with excellent skills for their future careers. We will organize schools and workshops to share knowledge and to communicate and disseminate our results, which will be major breakthroughs and support the leading role of Europe in Astronomy.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

ASTRONOMICKY USTAV AV CR
Address
Fricova 298
25165 Ondrejov
Czechia
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 455 400

Participants (4)

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 59 800
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KONINKLIJKE STERRENWACHT VAN BELGIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 46 000
Address
Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 46 000
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TARTU ULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 312 800
Address
Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (5)

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LA PLATA
Argentina
Address
Calle 7 776
1900 La Plata
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALPARAISO
Chile
Address
Avenida Errazuriz 1834 Piso 3
2362735 Valparaiso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SHAMAKHY ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORYOF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF AZERBAIJAN
Azerbaijan
Address
Pirgulu Y Mammadaliyev Settlement
1000 Baku
Activity type
Research Organisations
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE VALPARAISO
Chile
Address
Avenida Brasil 2950
N/A Valparaiso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINISTERIO DA CIENCIA, TECNOLOGIA, INOVAÇÕES E COMUNICAÇÕES
Brazil
Address
Esplanada Dos Ministerios, Bloco E, Sala 562
70067-900 Brasilia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)