Our Galactic center is significantly different from the Galactic plane in terms of its overall density and its star formation properties. A large fraction of the Galactic dense gas lives in the Central Molecular Zone (CMZ), but the star formation rate is below that expected given typical star formation relations. Sgr B2 is the most actively star-forming cloud in the Galactic center and the most massive star forming complex in the Galaxy. We have obtained large-scale ALMA observations of this region and discovered that the star formation, previously observed primarily in two protoclusters, is widespread throughout the cloud. I will discuss the nature of the hundreds of new millimeter point sources we have detected. The correlation of the new sources with the dense gas allows us to probe star formation laws, showing that there is a significant quantitative difference between their application in local clouds and in Galactic center clouds.
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Information for Speakers and Hosts: Talks by internal speakers are limited to 20 minutes, with additional time for questions. Visiting speakers can have up to 30 minutes, with additional time for questions. Hosts are responsible for bringing the speaker to the correct room in ample time to set up laptops etc., and for ensuring the speaker also has time for lunch.
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