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Schodel R.,Institute Astrofisica Of Andalucia Csic | Schodel R.,CAS Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science | Schodel R.,Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics | Schodel R.,TU Berlin | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series | Year: 2017

The existence of stellar cusps in dense clusters around massive black holes is a fundamental, decades-old prediction of theoretical stellar dynamics. Yet, observational evidence has been difficult to obtain. With a new, improved analysis of high-angular resolution images of the central parsecs of the Galactic Center, we are finally able to provide the first solid evidence for the existence of a stellar cusp around the Milky Way's massive black hole. The existence of stellar cusps has a significant impact on predicted event rates of phenomena like tidal disruptions of stars and extreme mass ratio inspirals. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.

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