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A&A
Volume 436, Number 2, June III 2005
Page(s) 541 - 547
Section Galactic structure, stellar clusters and populations
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20052699


A&A 436, 541-547 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20052699

Research Note

Further Wolf-Rayet stars in the starburst cluster Westerlund 1

I. Negueruela1 and J. S. Clark2, 3

1  Departamento de Física, Ingeniería de Sistemas y Teoría de la Señal, Universidad de Alicante, Apdo. 99, E03080 Alicante, Spain
    e-mail: ignacio@dfists.ua.es
2  Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
3  Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

(Received 13 January 2005 / Accepted 14 March 2005)

Abstract
We present new low and intermediate-resolution spectroscopic observations of the Wolf Rayet (WR) star population in the massive starburst cluster Westerlund 1. Finding charts are presented for five new WRs - four WNL and one WCL - raising the current total of known WRs in the cluster to 19. We also present new spectra and correct identifications for the majority of the 14 WR stars previously known, notably confirming the presence of two WNVL stars. Finally we briefly discuss the massive star population of Westerlund 1 in comparison to other massive young galactic clusters.


Key words: stars: Wolf-Rayet -- stars: evolution -- stars: general -- open clusters and associations: individual: Westerlund 1

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