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Galactic Centre science with an ELT.

Paumard, T. and Clénet, Y. and Davies, R. and Genzel, R. and Lehnert, M. and Cuby, J. -G. and Morris, S. and the EAGLE team, (2010) 'Galactic Centre science with an ELT.', in 1st A04ELT Conference - Adaptive optics for extremely large telescopes : Paris, France, June 22-26, 2009 ; proceedings. Les Ulis: EDP Sciences, 01003.


10m-class telescopes such as the VLT and the Keck Telescope have allowed tremendous progress on the understanding of environment of Sgr A*, the supermassive black hole at the Galactic Centre. However, these telescopes and associated instrumentation are reaching limitations which can only be overcome with larger apertures. We will summarise the most recent results in this area: star and gas dynamics, the origin of massive stars in the central parsec, the detection of stars on almost relativistic orbits. We will then anticipate the results that two E-ELT projects, MICADO and EAGLE, are expected to allow.

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Publisher statement:© Owned by the authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2010 This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any noncommercial medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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