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Published 2009 | Published
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The Extreme Nuclear Environments of Sgr A* and Arp 220


The dense ISM which is the fuel for both nuclear starbursts is believed to be accreted to the nucleus by stellar bars and galactic interactions. In this contribution, I summarize the observational results for two galactic nuclei at the extreme ends of starburst/AGN activity − our own Galactic nucleus with SgrA* and the ULIRG Arp 220. I discuss theoretical considerations for the properties of the ISM − its density and scale height, whether it is likely to clump into gravitational bound GMCs − and the self-regulation of SB and AGN fueling due to radiation pressure support of the ISM. The latter yields an Eddington-like limit on the activity for both SB and AGN, corresponding to approximately 500 L_ʘ/M_ʘ for optically thick regions in which the radiation has been degraded to the NIR.

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© 2009 Astronomical Society of the Pacific. It is a please to acknowledge the wonderful organization and hospitality of the scientists at Shanghai Normal University and their administration.

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