Star formation in galaxy interactions and mergers

@article{Bournaud2011StarFI,
  title={Star formation in galaxy interactions and mergers},
  author={Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Bournaud},
  journal={arXiv: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics},
  year={2011}
}
  • F. Bournaud
  • Published 9 June 2011
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics
This lecture reviews the fundamental physical processes involved in star formation in galaxy interactions and mergers. Interactions and mergers often drive intense starbursts, but the link between interstellar gas physics, large scale interactions, and active star formation is complex and not fully understood yet. Two processes can drive starbursts: radial inflows of gas can fuel nuclear starbursts, triggered gas turbulence and fragmentation can drive more extended starbursts in massive star… Expand
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