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AN EXTREMELY TOP-HEAVY INITIAL MASS FUNCTION IN THE GALACTIC CENTER STELLAR DISKS
We present new observations of the nuclear star cluster in the central parsec of the Galaxy with the adaptive optics assisted, integral field spectrograph SINFONI on the ESO/VLT. Our work allows the
The central dusty torus in the active nucleus of NGC 1068
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Interferometric mid-infrared observations that spatially resolve dust structures in the galaxy NGC 1068 reveal warm dust in a structure 2.1 parsec thick and 3.4 parsec in diameter, surrounding a smaller hot structure.
Evidence for Warped Disks of Young Stars in the Galactic Center
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It is shown that half of the W-R/O stars are compatible with being members of a clockwise rotating system, which is compatible with a coherent structure such as stellar filaments, streams, small clusters or possibly a disk in a dissolving state.
A geometric distance measurement to the Galactic center black hole with 0.3% uncertainty
We present a 0.16% precise and 0.27% accurate determination of R0, the distance to the Galactic center. Our measurement uses the star S2 on its 16-year orbit around the massive black hole Sgr A* that
High-resolution imaging of dust shells by using Keck aperture masking and the IOTA interferometer
We present first results of an experiment to combine data from Keck aperture masking and the Infrared-Optical Telescope Array to image the circumstellar environments of evolved stars with ~20 mas
Resolving the complex structure of the dust torus in the active nucleus of the Circinus galaxy
Aims. To test the dust torus model for active galactic nuclei directly, we study the extent and morphology of the nuclear dust distribution in the Circinus galaxy using high resolution
Interferometric observations of the supergiant stars α Orionis and α Herculis with FLUOR at IOTA
We report the observations in the K band of the red supergiant star α Orionis and of the bright giant star α Herculis with the FLUOR beamcombiner at the IOTA interferometer. The high quality of the
Unveiling Mira stars behind the molecules - Confirmation of the molecular layer model with narrow band near-infrared interferometry
We have observed Mira stars with the FLUOR beamcombiner on the IOTA interferometer in narrow bands around $2.2\,\mu$m wavelength. We find systematically larger diameters in bands contaminated by
Resolving the innermost parsec of Centaurus A at mid-infrared wavelengths
Context. To reveal the origin of mid-infrared radiation from the core of Centaurus A, we carried out interferometric observations with the MID-infrared Interferometer (MIDI) at ESO’s VLTI telescope
Extended envelopes around Galactic Cepheids. II. Polaris and delta Cephei from near-infrared interfe
We present the results of long-baseline interferometric observations of the classical Cepheids Polaris and δ  Cep in the near infrared K'  band (1.9-2.3  μ m), using the FLUOR instrument of the CHARA
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