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Constraints on Galaxy Formation from Extragalactic Globular Clusters

  • Jean P. Brodie (a1)

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The merger model for elliptical galaxy formation has received increasing attention since it was first suggested by Toomre & Toomre (1972). Van den Bergh (1984) pointed out a problem with the idea that elliptical galaxies were formed by simply combining two, or more, spiral galaxies. He noted that the specific frequency (S N , number of globular clusters per unit galaxy light) is systematically lower for spirals than for ellipticals. Schweizer (1987) suggested that globular clusters might be expected to form in the merger process, thereby alleviating or possibly eliminating the S N problem. Ashman & Zepf (1992) developed this idea into a merger model for globular cluster formation with testable predictions.

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