Applications of

Radiative Transfer

to stellar and planetary atmospheres
Tenerife, Spain - 13-17 Nov. 2017

Poster abstract details

Stellar and wind parameters of massive stars from spectral analysis
Ignacio Araya and Michel Curé


The only way to deduce information from stars is to decode the radiation it emits in an appropriate way. Spectroscopy can solve this and derive many properties of stars. In this work we seek to derive simultaneously the stellar and wind characteristics of a wide range of massive stars. Our stellar properties encompass the effective temperature, the surface gravity, the stellar radius, the micro-turbulence velocity, the rotational velocity and, finally, the chemical composition. For wind properties we consider the mass-loss rate, the terminal velocity and the line--force parameters ($\alpha$, $k$ and $\delta$) obtained from the standard line--driven wind theory. To model the data we use the radiative transport code \textsc{Fastwind} considering the newest hydrodynamical solutions derived with \textsc{Hydwind} code, which needs stellar and line--force parameters to obtain a wind solution. A grid of spectral models of massive stars is created and together with the observed spectra their physical properties are determined through spectral line fittings. These fittings provide an estimation about the line--force parameters, whose theoretical calculations are extremely complex. Furthermore, we expect to confirm that the hydrodynamical solutions obtained with a value of $\delta$ slightly larger than $\sim0.25$, called $\delta$-slow solutions (Cur\'e et al., 2011), describe quite reliable the radiation line-driven winds of A and late B supergiant stars and at the same time explain disagreements between observational data and theoretical models for the Wind--Momentum Luminosity Relationship (WLR).