Star formation and stellar winds around the Galactic super-massive black hole

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We present our work to study the origin of the massive stars observed close to Sgr A*, the Galactic super-massive black hole, and the dynamics of the massive stars' winds. We argue that the stars were formed in a ∼ 10 4 Maccretion disc that existed around Sgr A* in the past. We find that the stellar dynamics constrain the total mass of the stellar population, requiring the mass function to be dominated by massive stars. We present a numerical study of star formation in a massive disc and show the influence of radiative cooling on the resulting mass function. We also present simulations of the accretion of stellar winds onto Sgr A*. We first discuss the strong influence of the stellar dynamics on the accretion onto the central black hole. From realistic simulations of Sgr A* accretion we find that slow winds shock and rapidly cool, forming cold gas clumps and filaments that coexist with the hot X-ray emitting gas. The accretion rate is highly variable on time-scales of tens to hundreds of years. Such variability can lead to a strongly non-linear response through accretion flow physics, making Sgr A* an important energy source for the Galactic centre.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAstrophysics of Compact Objects - International Conference on Astrophysics of Compact Objects
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Astrophysics of Compact Objects - Huangshan City, China
Duration: 1 Jul 20077 Jul 2007

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceInternational Conference on Astrophysics of Compact Objects
CityHuangshan City


  • Accretion
  • Galactic centre
  • SPH
  • Star formation
  • Stellar winds


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