Welcome to the homepage of the IAU Working Group on Active B Stars and its Be Star Newsletter.
The Working Group on Active B Stars (WGABS) was formed to promote and stimulate research and international collaboration in the field of active B stars. The WGABS is open to all researchers interested in the field.
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Upcoming: IAU Working Group on Active B Stars Talks
The WG has series of talks, normally held the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am Eastern Time (EST, 14:00 UT), by zoom. The next talk is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Please note the time is ONE HOUR LATER than usual.
Speaker: Dr. Chen Wang, currently a postdoctoral researcher at Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA)
Title: What can we learn from the multiple MS components detected in young star clusters?
Recent high-precision Hubble Space Telescope (HST) photometry reveals that the main-sequences (MSs) of young star clusters in the color-magnitude diagram are split into several components. This challenges the traditional view of star clusters containing coeval stars born with identical initial conditions. We use detailed single and binary evolution models to investigate the origin of these multiple MS components. We find that binary mergers may produce slowly-rotating rejuvenated stars, which appear younger and bluer than other cluster members. In contrast, stable mass transfer creates near-critically-rotating stars, which coincides with the observed red Be sequence in young star clusters. Our results lead us to conclude that stars may either form by accretion, or through a binary merger, and that both paths lead to distinctly different spins, magnetic fields, and stellar mass distributions.