|Authors||Donald F. Figer 1,2|
Mark Morris 3
|Affiliation||1 STScI, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218|
2 JHU, 3400 Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
3 UCLA, Division of Astronomy, 405 Hilgard Avenue, LA CA 90095-1562
|Submitted to||Conference proceedings|
|Links||Central parsec / Arches / Quintuplet|
Data obtained with the VLA and HST reveal a variety of star forming sites in the Galactic Center, including a substantial population of stars that are formed in very dense and massive clusters, while other stars are formed in somewhat sparsely populated associations of massive stars. Indeed, three of the stellar clusters are the most massive and densest in the Galaxy.
In this paper, we discuss the Galactic center environment and its compact young star clusters, and compare them to their counterparts in star forming galactic nuclei, concluding that dense molecular environments and large velocity dispersions combine to alter star formation activity in both cases, particularly as regards massive young clusters.