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Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Fachgruppe Physik

I. Physikalisches Institut

Mid-infrared imaging observations of the center of the Milky Way

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Betreuer: Prof. Andreas Eckart, Raum 205, 470-3546

Imaging observations of the Galactic Center at a wavelength of 10 mum were obtained by our group in June 2006. We offer a diploma thesis on the analysis of the available data. What are the properties of the detectable point sources? What are the characteristics of the diffuse emission and of the visible shock fronts? Can variability of point sources or of extended sources be detected by combining the available data with older images? What do we learn from the mid-infrared emission in the circum-nuclear disk, the ring of dense molecular gas that surrounds the ~3 pc diameter central cavity?