The cool interstellar medium of NGC 5866

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dc.contributor.advisor Welch, Gary A.
dc.creator Kacprzak, Glenn 2011-05-09T12:32:28Z 2011-05-09T12:32:28Z 2005
dc.identifier.other QB790 K33 2005
dc.description ix, 146 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 136-141).
dc.description.abstract The nearly edge---on S0 galaxy NGC 5866 is notable for its massive molecular interstellar medium, prominent central dust lane, and large IRAS 100 micron flux. The galaxy is relatively isolated, and neither the kinematics nor morphology of the gas suggests that a merger has taken place. Instead, NGC 5866 may be entering an era of star formation fueled with gas donated by its aging stellar population. Are we seeing a counter example of the popular view that galaxies evolve through mergers? We explore that possibility using multi-transition CO observations and SCUBA (Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array) imagery of NGC 5866. We analyze the gas and dust components of the interstellar medium using large velocity gradient (LVG) models, single temperature dust models and a three-dimensional Monte Carlo radiation transfer code.
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dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc QB790
dc.subject.lcsh Interstellar matter
dc.subject.lcsh Cosmic dust -- Models
dc.subject.lcsh Galaxies -- Evolution
dc.subject.lcsh Stars -- Formation
dc.subject.lcsh Molecular clouds -- Models
dc.title The cool interstellar medium of NGC 5866
dc.type Text Master of Science in Astronomy Masters Astronomy and Physics Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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