Extreme star formation in starburst galaxies

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Extreme star formation in starburst galaxies

Title: Extreme star formation in starburst galaxies
Author: Snijders, Leonie
Publisher: Leiden Observatory, Faculty of Science, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2007-11-28
Keywords: Astronomy
HII regions
PDR regions
Super star clusters
Abstract: Starburst galaxies undergo a phase of vigorous star formation. In these galaxies, gas is turned into stars at such a high rate, that the reservoir of available gas is quickly emptied. Numerous massive, bright star clusters are created from the giant molecular clouds. They form an ideal laboratory for the study of rapid star formation. In this thesis, a detailed study of active star-forming regions in the starburst galaxies NGC 4038/4039 and M83 is presented. Sincethe stars are hidden from view by large quantities of dust, we observe them at infrared wavelengths. We address the properties of the newly formed star clusters and the surrounding interstellar matter.
Description: Promotor: M. Franx, C0-promotor: P.P. van der Werf
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: Snijders, L., 2007, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: Leiden Kerkhoven Bosscha Fonds
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12481

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