Star formation in UV-bright interacting galaxies

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dc.contributor.author Hulsebus, Alan
dc.contributor.author Nelson, Charles H.
dc.contributor.author Ragan, Sarah
dc.contributor.author McGleam, Catherine
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-31T20:03:18Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-31T20:03:18Z
dc.date.issued 2007-05-31T20:03:18Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/564
dc.description.abstract Galaxy interactions are known to drive interstellar gas toward the nuclear regions, thus triggering bursts of star formation. To investigate the relationship between galaxy interactions and the induced star formation, we obtained from the 40-inch telescope at Mt. Laguna U, B, V, and R images of NGC3395 & NGC3396 (an interacting pair) and NGC3991, NGC3994, & NGC3995 (an interacting trio), all of which exhibit strong UV emission known to be a signature of vigorous star formation. By comparing our multi-color data with star formation models, we can determine the age and strength of each star-forming region, and thus characterize the star-formation history of each object. One possibility is that interactions produce a “chain reaction” – one burst triggering another burst and so on – which should be discernible from the distribution of ages across the galaxy. We compare results from the NCG3991/4/5 trio with results from the NGC3395/6 pair. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DUCURS 2006;18
dc.subject Galaxies en
dc.subject Galaxy dynamics en
dc.subject Stars -- Formation en
dc.subject Stars -- Evolution en
dc.title Star formation in UV-bright interacting galaxies en
dc.type Presentation en


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