The dwarf galaxy star formation crisis

Evan D. Skillman, Ralf Bender

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We review ideas from the literature concerning the process of gas removal from dwarf galaxies and its relationship to problems concerning the formation and evolution of dwarf galaxies. We find that many studies suffer from the common failure of applying arguments applicable to a subset of the dwarf galaxies to the entire spectrum of dwarfs by insisting on unifying evolutionary scenarios. We attempt to clarify these arguments and determine the critical conflicts and questions. We then outline the key observational and theoretical projects which we feel are necessary for future progress on understanding the formation and evolution of dwarf galaxies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalRevista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica: Serie de Conferencias
StatePublished - 1995
Event5th Mexico-Texas Conference on Astrophysics: Gaseous Nebulae and Star Formation - Tequesquitengo, Mor, Mexico
Duration: Apr 3 1995Apr 5 1995


  • Galaxies: abundances
  • Galaxies: evolution


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