Disentangling star formation, environment, and morphology in galaxy evolution

Daniel Christlein, Ann Zabludoff

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Abstract

Statistical studies of galaxies have matured beyond the calculation of luminosity functions, and by simultaneously analyzing a large number of parameters, such as star formation rates, morphology, and environment, new insights into the mechanisms that drive the evolution of galaxies can be gained. We present a study of the photometric and spectroscopic properties of galaxies in six nearby, rich clusters. The primary issues that we address are: 1) variations of the luminosity function between the field, groups, and clusters, and what this implies for environmental influences, 2) Luminosity Functions for bulges and disks, how they vary with morphology, and what this implies for the mechanisms by which early-type galaxies are formed in dense environments, and 3) whether residual correlations between star formation and environment exist after taking into account the fundamental differences in morphology, stellar mass, and stellar age that already exist between galaxy populations in different environments, and what this implies for the mechanisms that influence star formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAstrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
EditorsR.S. De Jong
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Pages17-22
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781402055737
ISBN (Print)9780387727677, 9780387876207, 9781402055720, 9781402055720, 9781402069321, 9781402088674, 9781402091896, 9781441981608, 9781441983688, 9783540758259, 9783642033230, 9783642103216, 9783642103513, 9783642113406, 9783642172502, 9789048133994, 9789048134984
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
EventInternational Conference on Island Universe: Structure and Evolution of Disk Galaxies, 2005 - Terschelling, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 3 2005Jul 5 2005

Publication series

NameAstrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
Volume0
ISSN (Print)1570-6591
ISSN (Electronic)1570-6605

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Island Universe: Structure and Evolution of Disk Galaxies, 2005
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityTerschelling
Period7/3/057/5/05

Keywords

  • Galaxies: Evolution
  • Galaxies: Fundamental parameters
  • Galaxies: Structure
  • Galaxies: clusters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Spectroscopy
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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