These proceedings of a workshop held at Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec, Canada in August 1993, provide an assessment of a fundamental subject in modern stellar astrophysics. Hot, luminous stars play a crucial role in the rapid recycling of matter in dense regions of the Universe. The most luminous objects generate the strongest outflows of material, which in turn have a profound impact on both the interstellar medium and the underlying stars themselves. However, recent observational and theoretical advances have shown that these outflows are highly unstable and inhomogeneous. These characteristics constitute a fundamental property of the outflows that can no longer be disregarded. This text provides an assessment of this important phenomenon from both an observational and a theoretical perspective. It includes up-to- date discussions of the observational diagnostics of time-dependent stellar-wind structure, the theoretical understanding of the origin of such structures, and its consequences for the process of mass loss via stellar winds.
Overview Talks. Session 1: Spectroscopic Observations of Structures in Winds of OB Stars. Session 2: Connections between Photospheric and Wind Variability in OB Stars. Session 3: Spectroscopic Observations of Structure in Winds of WR-Stars. Session 4: Constraints on Wind Structure from IR and Radio Observations. Session 5: X-Ray Observations of Stellar-Wind Structure. Session 6: Constraints on Wind Structure from Polarimetric Observations. Session 7: Phenomenological Models of Time-Dependent Wind Structure. Session 8: Hydrodynamic Simulations of the Evolution of Wind Structure. Session 9: Time-Dependent, Unstable Winds: Why Bother? Round-Table Summary.