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Paper: Mass Loss and Pre-SN Evolution of Massive Stars
Volume: 425, Hot and Cool: Bridging Gaps in Massive Star Evolution
Page: 63
Authors: Smith, N.
Abstract: I review the role that mass loss plays in the pre-SN evolution of massive stars in a variety of different scenarios, and what observable effect it may have on the resulting SN. The amount of mass lost, its speed, and how soon before core collapse the material is removed can have a dramatic effect on the resulting SN light curve and spectrum. Massive stars trek across the HR diagram as they evolve, and the SN can look very different depending on where along this path core collapse occurs; it may not depend solely on initial mass. The most extreme pre-SN mass ejections in massive luminous blue variables (LBVs) have recently (and surprisingly) been linked to the very luminous Type IIn supernovae with circumstellar interaction that dominates the spectrum and enhances the visual luminosity. In some cases these objects require strong LBV-like shell ejections in the decades immediately before a SN. Strong winds or episodic mass loss of luminous red supergiants (RSGs) and yellow hypergiants may also lead to less extreme Type IIn events. Post-RSG blue supergiants like SN 1987A’s progenitor and lower-luminosity LBVs like HD 168625 are also candidates for Type II SNe with visible circumstellar material. Finally, progenitors that successfully shed their H envelopes (either through LBV eruptions, strong winds, or binary mass transfer) die as Type Ib or Ic supernovae, and some of these also show evidence for immediate pre-SN shell ejections. Many of the potential progenitors of Types Ib, Ic, IIn, IIb, and II-L overlap in their range of probable initial mass, and I will point to some open questions about how they fit together in the context of stellar evolution, and the roles of mass loss and initial mass in determining their relative rates.
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