An accreting black hole model for sagittarius A

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Several observations, notably of broad He I, Brα, and Brγ emission lines from the vicinity of IRS 16, indicate the presence of a strong circumnuclear wind near the dynamical center of the Galaxy. Sgr A*, a hypothesized supermassive object situated ≈0.06 pc to the west of IRS 16, should be accreting from this wind if it is not itself a source of gaseous outflow, for which there is currently no observational evidence. Here, we calculate the spectrum and flux of radiation resulting from this process, and show that they are consistent with the data over at least 12 decades of frequency. Together with the kinematic studies of the stellar and gas distributions in this region, our model argues strongly in favor of Sgr A * being a ≳ 106 M black hole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L25-L28
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1992


  • Black hole physics
  • Galaxy: center
  • Stars: Wolf-Rayet
  • Stars: mass loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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