Understanding circumnuclear star formation in spiral galaxies

S.D. Ryder, J. Knapen, M. Takamiya

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    Abstract

    We are attempting to learn the circumstances under which bursts of star formation may be triggered around the nuclei of many nearby spiral galaxies. By comparing the observed equivalent widths of the Brγ emission line and the CO (2-0) absorption band in each of the circumnuclear hotspots, with starburst models from the literature, we can place constraints on the age and duration of each star formation event. We present preliminary results obtained for M 100 (NGC 4321).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGalaxy Disks and Disk Galaxies
    EditorsJ.G. Funes
    PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
    Pages327-328
    Volume230
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Publication series

    NameASP Conf Series
    PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
    Volume230

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