A Statistical and Multi-wavelength Study of Star Formation in Galaxies

  • Corentin┬áSchreiber

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Corentin Schreiber
    Pages 1-27
  3. Corentin Schreiber
    Pages 167-198
  4. Corentin Schreiber
    Pages 199-203
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 205-218

About this book


This thesis presents a pioneering method for gleaning the maximum information from the deepest images of the far-infrared universe obtained with the Herschel satellite, reaching galaxies fainter by an order of magnitude than in previous studies. Using these high-quality measurements, the author first demonstrates that the vast majority of galaxy star formation did not take place in merger-driven starbursts over 90% of the history of the universe, which suggests that galaxy growth is instead dominated by a steady infall of matter. The author further demonstrates that massive galaxies suffer a gradual decline in their star formation activity, providing an alternative path for galaxies to stop star formation. One of the key unsolved questions in astrophysics is how galaxies acquired their mass in the course of cosmic time. In the standard theory, the merging of galaxies plays a major role in forming new stars. Then, old galaxies abruptly stop forming stars through an unknown process. Investigating this theory requires an unbiased measure of the star formation intensity of galaxies, which has been unavailable due to the dust obscuration of stellar light.


Herschel Satellite Far Infrared Universe Infrared Galaxies Galaxy Evolution Galaxy Quenching Stacking Images Star Formation in Galaxies Interstellar Dust Distant Galaxies

Authors and affiliations

  • Corentin┬áSchreiber
    • 1
  1. 1.Leiden ObservatoryLeiden University RA LeidenThe Netherlands

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