Massive Stars in the Nuclei and Arms of Spirals

Fabio Bresolin
2007 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
Many of the properties of massive stars in external galaxies, such as chemical compositions, mass functions, and ionizing fluxes, can be derived from the study of the associated clouds of ionized gas. Moreover, the signatures of Wolf-Rayet stars are often detected in the spectra of extragalactic H II regions. This paper reviews some aspects of the recent work on the massive star content of nearby spiral galaxies, as inferred from the analysis of giant H II regions. Particular attention is given
more » ... attention is given to regions of high metallicity, including nuclear hot spots, and to the chemical abundance comparison between supergiant stars and ionized gas.
doi:10.1017/s1743921308020590 fatcat:5jubkspj3zfppboow5y3lxfqua