A Massive Dense Cloud with Low Star Formation Potential

We present the first interferometric molecular line and dust emission maps for the Galactic Center (GC) cloud G0.253+0.016, observed using CARMA and the SMA. This cloud is very dense, and concentrates a mass exceeding the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex (2 × 105 M ) into a radius of only 3 pc, but it is essentially starless. G0.253+0.016 therefore violates… CONTINUE READING