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The Fates of Massive Stars

Chris Fryer (LLNL)

The collapse of massive stars are believed to be the cause of a number of the most energetic explosions in the universe from supernovae to gamma-ray bursts. Stellar collapse forms nearly all the neutron stars and stellar-massed black holes in the universe and are the dominant contributors to the heavy element abundances in galaxies. The last few years has seen considerable progress in our understanding of these events. I will review these different fates, focusing on the progress in recent years.