Modes of star formation along the hubble sequence and beyond

Richard De Grijs*

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I assess the similarities and differences between the star-formation modes in quiescent spiral galaxies versus those in violent starburst regions. As opposed to the quiescent star-formation mode in spiral galaxies, current empirical evidence on the star-formation processes in the extreme, high-pressure environments induced by galaxy encounters strongly suggests that star cluster formation is an important and perhaps even the dominant mode of star formation in such starburst events. The sizes, luminosities, and mass estimates of the young massive star clusters (YMCs) are entirely consistent with what is expected for young Milky Way-type globular clusters (GCs). Recent evidence lends support to the scenario that GCs, which were once thought to be the oldest building blocks of galaxies, are still forming today. One of the key unanswered questions in this field relates to their possible survival chances for a Hubble time, and thus to the potential evolutionary connection between YMCs and GCs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIsland Universes
Subtitle of host publicationStructure and evolution of desk galaxies
EditorsR. S. De Jong
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781402055737
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventIsland Universes (2005) - Terschelling, Netherlands
Duration: 3 Jul 20058 Jul 2005


ConferenceIsland Universes (2005)


  • galaxies: star clusters
  • galaxies: starburst
  • galaxies: evolution


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