Friday, July 5, 2013

1307.1255 (Ian Lindsay Smith)

An Analysis of HCN Observations of The Galactic Centre's Circumnuclear Disk    [PDF]

Ian Lindsay Smith
The Circumnuclear Disk (CND) is a torus of dust and moleular gas rotating about the galactic centre and extends from 1.6 to 7pc from the central massive black hole SgrA*. Large Velocity Gradient modelling of selected transitions of HCN rotational collisions with molecular hydrogen is used to infer Hydrogen density and HCN opacities. The analysis concludes that the predicted hydrogen number density of CND clumps is about 10^6 which is insufficiently dense to withstand the tidal shear forces generated by SgrA* and the stellar group in the cavity between the galactic centre and the CND.
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