Life at the Extremes — Massive Star Formation and Evolution in the Galactic Centre
Many galaxies host pronounced (circum)nuclear starbursts, fuelled by infalling gas. Such activity drives the secular evolution of the nucleus and may also generate super winds which enrich the interstellar and intergalactic medium. Given the intense radiation fields and extreme gas densities present within these nuclear regions, star formation may not occur in the same manner as it does in more "quiescent" regions of the galactic disc. To address this uncertainty, we are driven to investigate the only circumnuclear starburst where individual stars and star clusters may be resolved. Its proximity permitting dissection at resolutions a hundred times better than available for M31, the Galactic Centre provides us with a unique laboratory to study both stellar and galactic evolution.
- Pub Date:
- September 2018