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Which Stars Form Black Holes and Neutron Stars?

Muno, Michael P. (2007) Which Stars Form Black Holes and Neutron Stars? In: The multicolored landscape of compact objects and their explosive origins : Cefalu, Sicily, 11-24 June 2006. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.924. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, pp. 166-173. ISBN 978-0-7354-0434-2.

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I describe the current state of our knowledge of the mapping between the initial masses of stars and the compact objects — particularly neutron stars and black holes — that they produce. Most of that knowledge is theoretical in nature, and relies on uncertain assumptions about mass loss through winds, binary mass transfer, and the amount of mass ejected during a supernovae. Observational constraints on the initial masses of stars that produce neutron stars and black holes is scarce. They fall into three general categories: (1) models of the stars that produced the supernova remnants associated with known compact objects, (2) scenarios through with high mass X-ray binaries were produced, and (3) associations between compact objects and coeval clusters of stars for which the minimum masses of stars that have undergone supernovae are known. I focus on the last category as the most promising in the near term. I describe three highly-magnetized neutron stars that have been associated with progenitors that had initial masses of >30M[sun], and evaluate the prospects of finding further associations between star clusters and compact objects.

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Additional Information:© 2007 American Institute of Physics I would like to thank J.S. Clark, S. Eikenberry, D. Figer, and B. Gaensler for many discussions, which served as the basis of this review.
Subject Keywords:neutron stars; black holes; supernovae; star formation; stellar mass; X-ray binary stars
Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
Issue or Number:924
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