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Paper: Young Massive Clusters as Probes of Stellar Evolution
Volume: 425, Hot and Cool: Bridging Gaps in Massive Star Evolution
Page: 37
Authors: Davies, B.
Abstract: Young Massive Clusters (YMCs) represent ideal testbeds in which to study massive stellar evolution as they contain large, coeval, chemically homogeneous, samples of massive stars. By studying YMCs with a range of ages (and hence turn-off masses), we can investigate the post main-sequence evolution of massive stars as a function of initial mass. Recent discoveries of YMCs over a range of ages within our own Galaxy—where we can successfully resolve individual stars—offers the unprecedented opportunity to test our ideas of massive stellar evolution. Here, I review some of the recent works in this field, how YMCs both reaffirm our understanding of stellar evolution in some areas, and force us to return to the drawing board in others.
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