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Paper: Formation of Massive Stars in Massive Young Clusters
Volume: 322, The Formation and Evolution of Massive Young Star Clusters
Page: 349
Authors: Zinnecker, H.
Abstract: There are two scenarios for the formation of massive stars: the "accretion" and the "coalescence" scenario. Here we discuss the conditions for coalescence (mergers) to occur in very dense young star clusters. We also ask whether the observed multiplicity of tight massive stars in young clusters is consistent with failed mergers and tidal capture. Finally, we propose some ideas for the origin of many massive stars in the heart of the 30 Doradus cluster and other extragalactic starburst clusters. We believe that all massive star formation is triggered and propose a 4-stage process of massive star birth in dense clusters.
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