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The Ecology of the Galactic Center

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA X317

Speaker Name(s): 

Melvyn Davies

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

Lund Observatory
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

I review the many processes at play in the very centers of galaxies in particular those which may produce the various exotic objects seen in the center of our own Galaxy. I consider how collisions between various different stellar species, star-disk interactions and the assembly history of the galactic center may play a role in explaining the flattened surface density profile of red giants within 0.4 pc or so of the supermassive black hole. Such studies may help us to understand the assembly history of the central cluster and the growth of the supermassive black hole.