The MiMeS Project: First results

J.H. Grunhut, E. Alecian, D.A. Bohlender, J.-C. Bouret, H. Henrichs, C. Neiner, V. Petit, N. St. Louis, G.A. Wade, M. Auriere, O. Kochukhov, J. Silvester, A. ud-Doula, and the MiMeS Collaboration

PI affiliation: Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada

Massive stars are those stars with initial masses above about 8 times that of the sun, eventually leading to catastrophic explosions in the form of supernovae. These represent the most massive and luminous stellar component of the Universe, and are the crucibles in which the lion's share of the chemical elements are forged. These rapidly-evolving stars drive the chemistry, structure and evolution of galaxies, dominating the ecology of the Universe - not only as supernovae, but also during their entire lifetimes - with far-reaching consequences.

Although the existence of magnetic fields in massive stars is no longer in question, our knowledge of the basic statistical properties of massive star magnetic fields is seriously incomplete. The Magnetism in Massive Stars (MiMeS) Project represents a comprehensive, multidisciplinary strategy by an international team of recognized researchers to address the "big questions" related to the complex and puzzling magnetism of massive stars. This paper presents the first results of the MiMeS Large Program at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.

Reference: Proceedings of IAUS 259: Cosmic Magnetic Fields
Status: Conference proceedings