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Star Formation Close to and Accretion onto the Supermassive Black Hole Sgr A*
  Astronomy and astrophysics

Monday 07 November 2016
from 10:30 to 11:30
at FB55
Speaker : Farhad Yussef-Zadeh (Northwestern University)
Abstract : The environment of Sgr A* provides a window to close-up study of star formation under extreme physical conditions. A critical question regarding star formation near supermassive black holes (SMBHs) is whether tidal shear in the vicinity of SMBHs is able to completely suppress star formation or induce star formation. There are currently two modes of star formation that are considered to explain the origin of young stars near Sgr A*. One is the standard cloud-based mode of star formation. The other is a disk-based mode of star formation, which explains the disk of stars orbiting Sgr A*. I will present recent observations and discuss these modes of star formation applied to the region within 0.5 pc of Sgr A* and beyond the nuclear cluster. In addition, I will discuss a viable mechanism to explain the origin of the Fermi bubble resulting from gas accretion onto Sgr A* around the same time that young OB stars were formed near Sgr A*.

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