IRS 16: The galaxy's central wimp?

Peter Tamblyn, G. H. Rieke

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We have constructed burst models of the stellar population in the Galactic center. Many classes of models can be excluded entirely. Models with an age of 7-8 Myr and an initial mass of less than 4 × 105 M can reproduce the red supergiant stars and stars with the continuum characteristics of IRS 16 and provide the ionizing flux. We show that if IRS 16 is the product of normal stellar evolution associated with a recent star formation burst that currently dominates the energetics of the region, then IRS 16 itself is inconsequential to Galactic center energetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-579
Number of pages7
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 10 1993


  • Galaxies: nuclei
  • Galaxy: center
  • Infrared: stars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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