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Title: Galactic centre star formation: The case of the missing gas disc
Authors: Smedley, S. L.
Nayakshin, S.
King, A. R.
First Published: 21-Jan-2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , 2012, 419 (3), pp. 1970-1976
Abstract: We study the dynamical evolution of stars and gas close to the centre of the Milky Way. Any plausible means of forming the young stars observed at the Galactic Centre leaves behind a residual gas disc at ∼0.01 pc radii. We show that the combined effects of viscous accretion and gravitational interactions with stars do not remove the residual gas efficiently, and that a substantial gas disc, interior to the stellar disc, persists for >10 Myr after the stars form. Since no such disc is currently seen at the Galactic Centre, we argue that it has been accreted by the supermassive black hole. This scenario offers an attractive connection between nuclear star formation and black hole feeding, and we suggest that the ‘missing’ gas may have been used to power Sgr A*.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2011.19849.x
ISSN: 0035-8711
eISSN: 1365-2966
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society ©: 2012 the authors. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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