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Gas Accretion in Star-Forming Galaxies

  • Glenn G. KacprzakEmail author
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 430)

Abstract

Cold-mode gas accretion onto galaxies is a direct prediction of ΛCDM simulations and provides galaxies with fuel that allows them to continue to form stars over the lifetime of the Universe. Given its dramatic influence on a galaxy’s gas reservoir, gas accretion has to be largely responsible for how galaxies form and evolve. Therefore, given the importance of gas accretion, it is necessary to observe and quantify how these gas flows affect galaxy evolution. However, observational data have yet to conclusively show that gas accretion ubiquitously occurs at any epoch. Directly detecting gas accretion is a challenging endeavor and we now have obtained a significant amount of observational evidence to support it. This chapter reviews the current observational evidence of gas accretion onto star-forming galaxies.

Keywords

Column Density Equivalent Width Host Galaxy Dark Matter Halo Halo Mass 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgements

Glenn G. Kacprzak acknowledges the support of the Australian Research Council through the award of a Future Fellowship (FT140100933). Thanks to Nikole Nielsen for providing comments, and to Nikole Nielsen, Stephanie Ho, and Rongmon Bordoloi for providing additional new plots for this chapter.

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  1. 1.Center for Astrophysics & SupercomputingSwinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia

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