The Nuclei of Normal Galaxies: Lessons from the Galactic Center / Edition 1

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This book contains written versions of the material presented during an intensive workshop on the topic: 'Nuclei of Normal Galaxies: Lessons from the Galactic Center'. These contributions summarize the present knowledge of the conditions in our own galactic nucleus and how these extend to moderately active nuclei in external galaxies. The authors are among the foremost researchers in the field, with specialties ranging from theory to observations at gamma-ray through radio wavelengths. Fifty-five articles cover high-energy processes, gas and stellar dynamics, the structure and energetics of the Galactic center, nuclear stellar clusters, and central black holes, at a level suitable for practicing astronomers and graduate students.

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Proceedings of the July 1993 workshop. Knowledge of the central few hundred parsecs of our galaxy has increased vastly over the past decade, and theorists, spurred by new data, have been able to refine models of the energetics, dynamics, and evolution of the gas and stellar systems deep within galactic nuclei. More than 50 contributions address various aspects of high energy phenomena, gas and stellar dynamics, starburst and nuclei of active galaxies, the structure and energetics of the galactic center, the stars deep in the nucleus, and black hole candidates within nuclei. The conference was held to honor Peter G. Mezger, scientific director at the Max-Planck- Institut fur Radioastronomie in Bonn. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792331582
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 7/3/2008
  • Series: Nato Science Series C: (closed), #445
  • Edition description: 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 499
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Group Picture
Address List
Gamma-Ray Observations from the Inner Galaxy with CGRO 3
ROSAT Observations of Nearby Spiral Galaxies 13
Large Scale Soft X-Ray Images of the Galactic Centre 21
The 511 keV Line and the Great Annihilator 31
Large-Scale Radio Structures in the Galactic Center 43
High Frequency Radio Observations of Polarized Emission in the Galactic Center 55
Observations and Modelling of Gas Dynamics in External Galaxies 65
Evidence for a Bar at the Centre of the Milky Way 75
Radial Velocities of M-Giants at 300 PC Projected Radius from the Galactic Center 87
What Do OH/IR Stars Tell Us About the Dynamics of the Central Parts of the Galaxy? 91
Dense Molecular Clouds in the Galactic Center Region 95
The Origin of Noncircular Gas Motions in the Galactic Center 99
CO Emission from Massive Molecular Clouds in the Inner Disk of M31 105
Dynamics of Molecular Clouds in the Inner 200 PC of the Galaxy 111
Molecules in Starburst and Active Galaxy Nuclei 117
Small Scale Molecular Structure in the Nuclei of Nearby Spiral Galaxies: IC 342 127
Imaging the Gas and Dust in the Nucleus of NGC 1068: Evidence for a Highly Extended Obscuring Agent 135
The Nucleus of NGC 253: The Role of Dust 139
High-Resolution Near Infrared Imaging and Spectroscopy of NGC 1808: Probing the Starburst 143
Nuclear ISM: Feeding the Galactic Nucleus 149
The Connection of the SGR A East Core with M-0.13-0.08 and the CND 161
Morphology and Kinematics of the Molecular, Atomic, and Ionized Gas in the Inner Seven Parsecs of the Galaxy 165
Modelling the Circumnuclear Disk in the Galactic Centre 175
CO and HI Observations of High Negative Velocity Gas Towards the Galactic Centre 179
Magnetic Phenomena 185
The Magnetic Field in the Dust Ring and Northern Arm of SGR A West 199
The Magnetic Field at the Galactic Center: Detection of HI Zeeman Splitting 205
Luminous Objects Within 100 PC of the Galactic Centre 209
The Discovery of Hot Stars in the Vicinity of the Thermal Filaments 217
Spectroscopy of the Galactic Center Arches Region: Evidence for Massive Star Formation 223
Far-Infrared Emission from the Thermal Arched Filaments 231
Far-Infrared Observations of the Center of the Galaxy 239
Far-Infrared Line Observations of SGR A West 249
The Ages of Elliptical Galaxies 255
Dynamics and Evolution of Dense Galactic Nuclei 267
Stellar Population and Comparison with Other Galaxies 283
The Central Stellar Cluster 293
Diffraction Limited Near-Infrared Imaging of the Galactic Center 305
The Nature of the GC HEI Emission Line Stars 317
Properties and Evolution of the Central Stellar Cluster 327
Dynamics of Dense Stellar Systems Including the Effects of Stellar Collisions 335
Mid-Infrared (4.8 - 12.4 and 20.0 [mu]m) Images of the Galactic Center: Modeling the Energetics and Morphology of the Central Parsec 343
Mosaiced H and K Images of the Galactic Center Region 351
The IRS 16 Complex: The Importance of Stellar Winds at the Galactic Center 355
The Galactic Center [Fe III] Bubble 373
Stellar-Dynamical Evidence for Black Holes in Galaxy Nuclei 379
Compact Nuclear Radio Sources in Our and External Galaxies 395
Radio Observations of SGR A* 403
First Detection of SGR A* with VLBI at 7 Mm and 3 Mm Wavelength 411
The Spectrum, Luminosity and Morphology of SGR A* 415
A New 20 [mu]m Upper Limit for SGR A* 427
Current Constraints to SGR A* Mass 431
An Accreting Blackhole Model for SGR A* 441
Tidal Disruption of a Star by a Massive Black Hole and Evolution of Remnant Gas 449
Observations Effects of Tidally-Disrupted Stars 453
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