A fresh look at the starburst-AGN connection

There is ever mounting evidence for a connection between the evolution of AGN and starburst-activity, as, for instance, suggested by a relation between the mass of the central black hole and the velocity dispersion of the bulge stars. However, the nature of this connection remains unclear, raising a number of questions, e. g.: Is the AGN triggered by the starburst or is the starburst activity caused by AGN? Which physical processes link starbursts and AGN? Here we will give a short review of crucial observations and theoretical work and describe our plans in that regard.


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