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Astronomy Seminar

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus
GS-119 and online

Graduate student H. Perry Hatchfield, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut

Dynamics and Star Formation in the Milky Way’s Galactic Center

There is a star formation mystery in the Center of our Galaxy, the Milky Way. The innermost few hundred parsecs of the Galaxy contain an enormous reservoir of dense molecular gas known as the Central Molecular Zone (CMZ), but despite having copious fuel to form stars, the star formation rate is an order of magnitude lower than expected. I will present results from observational surveys (CMZoom, Hi-Gal, and other archival maser and far IR surveys) as well as recent hydrodynamic simulations in order to explore the cloud-to-cloud variation of gas properties and star formation, and the role of large scale dynamics throughout the CMZ.

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Prof. Cara Battersby

Physics Department (primary)

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