Nuclear star clusters & black holes

Anil Seth*, Michele Cappellari, Nadine Neumayer, Nelson Caldwell, Nate Bastian, Knut Olsen, Robert Blum, Victor P. Debattista, Richard McDermid, Thomas Puzia, Andrew Stephens

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We summarize the recent results of our survey of the nearest nuclear star clusters. The purpose of the survey is to understand nuclear star cluster formation mechanisms and constrain the presence of black holes using adaptive optics assisted integral field spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, and HST imaging in 13 galaxies within 5 Mpc. We discuss the formation history of the nuclear star cluster and possible detection of an intermediate mass BH in NGC 404, the nearest S0 galaxy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHunting for the Dark: The Hidden Side of Galaxy Formation - Proceedings of the International Conference
EditorsVictor P. Debattista, Cristine C. Popescu
Place of PublicationCollege Park, Maryland
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780735407862
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference "Hunting for the Dark: The Hidden Side of Galaxy Formation" - Qawra, Malta
Duration: 19 Oct 200923 Oct 2009


OtherInternational Conference "Hunting for the Dark: The Hidden Side of Galaxy Formation"


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