Institution(s): 1. Geneva Observatory
Our understanding of different classes of massive stars is often built by comparing evolutionary models and observations. However, this comparison is far from trivial, in particular when the effects of mass loss are significant. To tackle this problem, we recently combined stellar evolution calculations using the Geneva code with atmospheric/wind CMFGEN model. This allowed us to determine the interior and spectroscopic evolution of massive stars from the zero-age main sequence (ZAMS) to the pre-supernova (SN) stage. In this talk, I will discuss the spectroscopic evolution stars at solar metallicity, the lifetimes of the different spectroscopic phases (O-type, LBV, WR), how they are related to evolutionary phases (H-core burning, H-shell burning, He-core burning), and their ionizing output. I will also discuss how this is affected by mass loss at different stages of the evolution.