The main sequence of star-forming galaxies at z ∼ 0.6: reinstating major mergers

@article{Puech2014TheMS,
  title={The main sequence of star-forming galaxies at z ∼ 0.6: reinstating major mergers},
  author={Mathieu Puech and François Hammer and Morgani Rodrigues and Sylvain Fouquet and H{\'e}ctor Flores and Karen Disseau},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2014},
  volume={443}
}
The relation between the star formation rate and the stellar mass of star-forming galaxies has been used to argue that major mergers cannot be the main driver of star formation. Here, we re-examine these arguments using the representative IMAGES-CDFS sample of star-forming galaxies at z=0.4-0.75, taking advantage of their previously established classification into pre-fusion, fusion, and relaxing galaxy mergers. Contrary to previous claims, we show there is no tension between the main sequence… 

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