The Stellar Initial Mass Function in The Galactic Center

  • Donald F. Figer
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 327)


Massive stars define the upper limits of the star formation process, dominate the energetics of their local environs, and significantly affect the chemical evolution of galaxies. Their role in starburst galaxies and the early Universe is likely to be important, but we still do not know the maximum mass that a star can possess, i.e.“the upper mass cutoff.”


Mass Function Galactic Center Initial Mass Function Starburst Galaxy Star Formation Process 
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  • Donald F. Figer
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  1. 1.STScIBaltimoreUSA

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