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Observational tests of convective core overshooting in stars of intermediate to high mass in the GalaxyThis study presents the results of 14 tests for the presence of convective overshooting in large convecting stellar cores for stars with masses of 4-17 solar masses which are members of detached close binary systems and of open clusters in the Galaxy. A large body of theoretical and observational data is scrutinized and subjected to averaging in order to minimize accidental and systematic errors. A conservative upper limit of d/HP less than 0.4 is found from at least four tests, as well as a tighter upper limit of d/HP less than 0.2 from one good test that is subject to only mild restrictions and is based on the maximum observed effective temperature of evolved blue supergiants. It is concluded that any current uncertainty about the distance scale for these stars is unimportant in conducting the present tests for convective core overshooting. The correct effective temperature scale for the B0.5-B2 stars is almost certainly close to one of the proposed hot scales.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Stothers, Richard B. (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies New York, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
December 20, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Astrophysical Journal, Part 1
Volume: 383
ISSN: 0004-637X
Subject Category
Distribution Limits