Donald Figer


The Galactic Center contains the most massive young clusters in the Galaxy and serves as the closest example of a massive starburst region. Our recent results suggest that the Galactic Center environment produces massive clusters with relatively flat initial mass functions, as might be expected on theoretical grounds. I will discuss these recent results, along with evidence for star formation in the immediate vicinity of the super massive black hole at the Galactic Center. The results of this work might be useful in extrapolating to other galactic centers with similar conditions, as well as other starburst regions.

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Springer Proceedings in Physics Also archived in: arXiv:astro-ph/0011422 v1 23 Nov 2000 AND "Starburst Galaxies: Near and Far", Proceedings of a Workshop (Springer Proceedings in Physics) held at Ringberg Castle, Germany: 10-15 September, 2000 (9:40am Monday 11 September 2000). ISBN: 354-04-1472-XNote: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Conference Proceeding

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School of Physics and Astronomy (COS)


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