Molecular clouds, star formation, and a black hole

William Lucas, Ian Bonnell, Melvyn Davies, Ken Rice

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Abstract

Observations of the Galaxy's centre have revealed the existence of two discs or possibly streamers of O and W-R stars orbiting Sgr A* at radii between about 0.05 and 0.5 pc and at an angle approaching 90° to one another. They are all roughly 6 million years old. This would indicate that two star forming gas discs arose from a single event. We use smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) to show it is possible to create these from the infall of a single turbulent cloud, and then address how the infall itself may have come to pass.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
EventProtostars and Planets VI - Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: 15 Jul 201320 Jul 2013

Conference

ConferenceProtostars and Planets VI
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHeidelberg
Period15/07/1320/07/13

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