AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 51. The New Radio Universe
Topical Session Oral, Wednesday, June 5, 2002, 8:30-10:00am, 10:45am-12:30pm, 2:30-4:00pm, 4:15-6:00pm, Ballroom C

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[51.11] Star Formation in the Galactic Center

C.C. Lang (UMASS)

It has become clear over the last decade that the Galactic Center harbors some of most extraordinary massive stellar clusters in the Galaxy. Star formation may proceed differently in this extreme nuclear environment, and thus it has been interesting to study the distribution of star formation and the types and masses of stars forming there. Recently the VLA has made some important contributions to understanding the nature of these massive stars. We have detected stellar winds arising from the Wolf-Rayet (WR) and O type stars in these clusters. These detections have important implications for understanding the spectra of stellar wind radio emission, stellar wind emission in clusters, the mass-loss rates and the impact that such massive clusters have on the interstellar medium. I will review the observations and discuss these implications for star formation in the Galactic Center.

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