The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey

Evans, C.; Lennon, D.; Langer, N.; Almeida, L.; Bartlett, E.; Bastian, N.; Bestenlehner, J.; Britavskiy, N.; Castro, N.; Clark, S. et al.
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The Messenger

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The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey (VFTS) was an ESO Large Programme that has provided a rich, legacy dataset for studies of both resolved and integrated populations of massive stars. Initiated in 2008 (ESO Period 82), we used the Fibre Large Array Multi Element Spectrograph (FLAMES) to observe more than 800 massive stars in the dramatic 30 Doradus star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud. At the start of the survey the importance of multiplicity among high-mass stars was becoming evident, so a key feature was multi-epoch spectroscopy to detect radial-velocity shifts arising from binary motion. Here we summarise some of the highlights from the survey and look ahead to the future of the field.