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Paper: The Impact of Minor Galaxy Mergers
Volume: 419, Galaxy Evolution: Emerging Insights and Future Challenges
Page: 235
Authors: Cox, T. J.
Abstract: It is now well accepted that galactic structure is directly influenced by its past merger history. Unfortunately, despite a considerable amount of effort, there is still not a complete mapping between the full ensemble of merger histories and the resultant galactic structure. This proceeding describes efforts to better understand certain routes in this mapping using numerical simulations of galaxy interactions. In particular, we outline the generic events that occur during the interaction and merger of unequal mass galaxies, so-called minor galaxy mergers, briefly focusing on the induced star formation and the morphological evolution induced by a minor merger. Some implications for the formation and evolution of bulges and the persistence of thin galactic disks is discussed.
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