The galactic nucleus

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Abstract

Exciting new broadband observations of the galactic nucleus have placed the heart of the Milky Way under intense scrutiny in recent years. This has been due in part to the growing interest from theorists motivated to study the physics of black hole accretion, magnetized gas dynamics, and unusual star formation. The center of our Galaxy is now known to harbor the most compelling supermassive black hole candidate, weighing in at 3-4 million solar masses. Its nearby environment is comprised of a molecular dusty ring, clusters of evolved and young stars, diffuse hot gas, ionized gas streamers, and several supernova remnants. This chapter will focus on the physical makeup of this dynamic region and the feasibility of actually imaging the black hole's shadow in the coming decade with mm interferometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlanets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 5: Galactic Structure and Stellar Populations
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages243-270
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9789400756120, 9789400756113
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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stars
physics
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Keywords

  • Black hole imaging
  • Black hole physics
  • Gas dynamics
  • Interferometry
  • Star formation
  • Stellar kinematics
  • Supernova remnants

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Melia, F. (2013). The galactic nucleus. In Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 5: Galactic Structure and Stellar Populations (pp. 243-270). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5612-0_5

The galactic nucleus. / Melia, Fulvio.

Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 5: Galactic Structure and Stellar Populations. Springer Netherlands, 2013. p. 243-270.

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Melia, F 2013, The galactic nucleus. in Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 5: Galactic Structure and Stellar Populations. Springer Netherlands, pp. 243-270. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5612-0_5
Melia F. The galactic nucleus. In Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 5: Galactic Structure and Stellar Populations. Springer Netherlands. 2013. p. 243-270 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5612-0_5
Melia, Fulvio. / The galactic nucleus. Planets, Stars and Stellar Systems: Volume 5: Galactic Structure and Stellar Populations. Springer Netherlands, 2013. pp. 243-270
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