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We present deep 1.6 and 2.2 μm images of the central parsec of the Galaxy at a resolution of 0.15″. Most of the flux in earlier seeing limited images comes from about 340 unresolved stellar sources with K≤14. The IRS 16 and 13 complexes are resolved into about two dozen and half a dozen sources, a number of which are probably luminous hot stars. We confirm the presence of a blue near infrared object (K≈13) at the position of the compact radio source Sgr A∗. The spatial centroid of the source number distribution is consistent with the position of Sgr A∗ but not with a position in the IRS 16 complex. The stellar surface density in the central 10″ is very well fitted by an isothermal cluster model with a well defined core radius. The derived core radius of all 340 sources is 0.15±0.05 pc. The central stellar density is a few times 107 M⊙ pc−3. Buildup of massive stars by merging of lower mass stars and collisional disruption of giant atmospheres are very probable processes in the central 0.2 pc.
The center of the stellar association in 30 Doradus, R136 (HD 38268), is an unusually high concentration of massive and bright O, B and Wolf-Rayet stars and represents the closest example of an intense starburst region.
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