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23-28 June 2014
Europe/Zurich timezone

The Galactic Centre

25 Jun 2014, 15:10
Room 4 (Tuschinski Theatre)

Room 4

Tuschinski Theatre

Presentation Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Gamma-Ray Astrophysics


Regis Terrier (C)


The centre of our Galaxy is a major laboratory for high energy astrophysics. In particular, it harbours the closest supermassive black hole (SMBH) to us. Its luminosity is extremely low for an object of several million solar masses but there is growing evidence that it experienced periods of much stronger activity in the past. A sustained star formation activity is also taking place in the central hundred parsecs. The latter therefore harbor numerous young massive star explosion remnants and should be the site of intense cosmic-ray acceleration. We review observational results on the high energy emission of the Galactic Centre and discuss their impact on the astrophysics of the region.

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