Star Formation in Massive Low Surface Brightness Galaxies

K. O'Neil
2007 Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union  
AbstractMassive low surface brightness galaxies have disk central surface brightnesses at least one magnitude fainter than the night sky, but total magnitudes and masses that show they are among the largest galaxies known. Like all low surface brightness (LSB) galaxies, massive LSB galaxies are often in the midst of star formation yet their stellar light has remained diffuse, raising the question of how star formation is proceeding within these galaxies. We have undertaken a multi-wavelength
more » ... dy to clarify the structural parameters and stellar and gas content of these enigmatic systems. The results of these studies, which include HI, CO, optical, near UV, and far UV images of the galaxies will provide the most in depth study done to date of how, when, and where star formation proceeds within this unique subset of the galaxy population.
doi:10.1017/s174392130701407x fatcat:ngd76w2ipzgennsuw43xxt63oe