The Effects of Environment on the Cool Phase of the Interstellar Medium in Galaxies

  • Jeffrey D. P. Kenney
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 161)

Abstract

The atomic and molecular gas properties of many galaxies are altered by external influences. Ionization by the cosmic ultraviolet background radiation can account for sharp cutoffs observed in the HI disks of spirals. Tidal interactions between galaxies strip outer disk gas and cause gas clouds to collide more frequently, leading to large radial inflows of gas and enhanced rates of star formation. And in many clusters, interactions between gas in the intracluster medium (ICM) and gas in a galaxy’s interstellar medium (ISM) lead to stripping of outer disk gas, and may perturb the remaining ISM sufficiently to trigger star formation.

Keywords

Star Formation Column Density Star Formation Rate Stellar Disk Tidal Interaction 
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  • Jeffrey D. P. Kenney
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  1. 1.Owens Valley Radio ObservatoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyUSA

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