An X-ray View of the Galactic Center: An Observer's Collection of Unresolved Problems
I will present an overview of the X-ray-related phenomena in the Galactic Center -- the closest accessible nucleus of a massive galaxy -- focusing on the innermost parsecs observed by Chandra and XMM-Newton. Of particular interest are the nonthermal (flaring) and thermal (extended) emission from Sgr A*, the mixed-morphology supernova remnant Sgr A East, dozens of nonthermal filaments, and a large, heterogeneous collection of stellar sources embedded within a putative outflow of hot gas. I will highlight open questions in each of these components and report our recent and on-going effort in addressing some of these issues.
Time: Jun. 17, 2015, 2:30 pm
Venue: A601, NAOC