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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 theExpand
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Evidence for Warped Disks of Young Stars in the Galactic Center
The central parsec around the supermassive black hole in the Galactic center (GC) hosts more than 100 young and massive stars. Outside the central cusp (R ~ 1'') the majority of these O andExpand
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SECULAR EVOLUTION OF COMPACT BINARIES NEAR MASSIVE BLACK HOLES: GRAVITATIONAL WAVE SOURCES AND OTHER EXOTICA
The environment near supermassive black holes (SMBHs) in galactic nuclei contains a large number of stars and compact objects. A fraction of these are likely to be members of binaries. Here weExpand
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A faint type of supernova from a white dwarf with a helium-rich companion
Supernovae are thought to arise from two different physical processes. The cores of massive, short-lived stars undergo gravitational core collapse and typically eject a few solar masses during theirExpand
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Massive Perturber-driven Interactions between Stars and a Massive Black Hole
We study the role of massive perturbers (MPs) in deflecting stars and binaries to almost radial (loss cone) orbits, where they pass near the central massive black hole (MBH), interact with it atExpand
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Dynamical evolution of the young stars in the Galactic center
Recent observations of the Galactic center revealed a nuclear disk of young OB stars near the massive black hole (MBH), in addition to many similar outlying stars with higher eccentricities and/orExpand
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DYNAMICAL AND EVOLUTIONARY CONSTRAINTS ON THE NATURE AND ORIGIN OF HYPERVELOCITY STARS
In recent years, several hypervelocity stars (HVSs) have been observed in the halo of our Galaxy. Such stars are thought to be ejected through dynamical interactions near the massive black hole (MBH)Expand
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On the Triple Origin of Blue Stragglers
Blue straggler stars (BSSs) are stars observed to be hotter and bluer than other stars with the same luminosity in their environment. As such they appear to be much younger than the rest of theExpand
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Helium shell detonations on low-mass white dwarfs as a possible explanation for SN 2005E
Recently, several Type Ib supernovae (SNe; with the prototypical SN 2005E) have been shown to have atypical properties. These SNe are faint (absolute peak magnitude of {approx} - 15) and fast SNeExpand
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Photometric Amplitude Distribution of Stellar Rotation of KOIs—Indication for Spin-Orbit Alignment of Cool Stars and High Obliquity for Hot Stars
The observed amplitude of the rotational photometric modulation of a star with spots should depend on the inclination of its rotational axis relative to our line of sight. Therefore, the distributionExpand
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