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Gas Dynamics and Star Formation in Merging Galaxies

  • M. Noguchi (a1)

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Numerical simulations show that repetitive starbursts will occur in a merger of two gas-rich disc galaxies. These bursts are caused by the orbital motion of two dense gaseous cores which have been formed at the centres of the original galaxies during the early phase of the merger. Such repetitive starbursts are able to explain the observational result that merging galaxies show a wide range of star formation activity.

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Barnes, J.E. & Hut, P. Nature 324, 446 (1986).
Solomon, P.M. & Sage, L.J. Astrophys. J. 334, 613 (1988).

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