Chemical Abundances and Galaxy Evolution

  • John S. GallagherIII
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 109)


The chemical abundance characteristics of two comparatively structurally simple classes of galaxies, the ellipticals and irregulars, are briefly reviewed. Neither of these types of galaxies have properties which are fully consistent with the quantitative predictions of basic chemical evolution models. Possible sources for discrepancies are discussed in terms of fundamental evolutionary processes and limitations inherent in current observational data.


Star Formation Globular Cluster Stellar Population Star Formation Rate Monthly Notice 
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  • John S. GallagherIII
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  1. 1.Department of AstronomyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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