Massive star population synthesis

D. Vanbeveren

Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group
Vrije Universiteit Brussels

We review massive star population synthesis with a realistic population of binaries, research that started in the late sixties, early seventies. We focus on the comparison between observed star numbers (as a function of metallicity) and theoretically predicted numbers of stellar populations in regions of continuous star formation and in starburst regions. Special attention is given to the O-type star/WR star/red supergiant star populations, the population of blue supergiants, the supernova rates. Finally, we consider massive double compact star mergers and the link with gravitational wave sources (the advanced LIGO II).

Reference: ppt presentation of a review paper presented at the conference 'Binary systems, their evolution and environments' that was held in UlaanBaatar, Mongolia, 1-5 September 2014
Status: Conference proceedings