Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 324, Issue 2, pp 355–359

Interactions and star-formation activity in Wolf–Rayet galaxies


    • CSIRO/Australia Telescope National Facility
    • Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
  • César Esteban
    • Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10509-009-0154-z

Cite this article as:
López-Sánchez, Á.R. & Esteban, C. Astrophys Space Sci (2009) 324: 355. doi:10.1007/s10509-009-0154-z


We present the main results of the Ph.D. thesis carried out by López-Sánchez (Ph.D. thesis, 2006), in which a detailed morphological, photometric and spectroscopic analysis of a sample of 20 Wolf–Rayet (WR) galaxies was performed. The main aims are the study of the star formation and O and WR stellar populations in these galaxies, and the role that interactions between low surface brightness companion objects have in the triggering of the bursts. We analyze the morphology, stellar populations, physical conditions, chemical abundances and kinematics of the ionized gas, as well as the star-formation activity of each system.


Galaxies: starburst Galaxies: interactions Galaxies: dwarf Galaxies: abundances Galaxies: kinematics and dynamics Stars: Wolf-Rayet

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