Molecular Gas and Star Formation in Interacting and Isolated Galaxies

J.S. Young
1999 Symposium - International astronomical union  
The results of the FCRAO Extragalactic CO Survey are used to examine the trends regarding the molecular gas distribution, the star formation efficiency, and the global gas surface densities (HI and H2) in galaxies as a function of environment. Relative to a sample of isolated Sbc-Scd galaxies, the strongly interacting galaxies have more compact gas distributions, a higher mean value for the global star formation efficiency, and a larger fraction of gas in molecular form. Not only is the
more » ... only is the molecular gas redistributed during interactions, but evidence is presented for an enhanced conversion of atomic to molecular gas as well.
doi:10.1017/s0074180900112665 fatcat:24m5dsqbrvgutf7365il54pnwm