Invited lectures on galaxy morphology given at the Les Houches late-summer school ("Galaxy formation and evolution"). (astro-ph/9809131)

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PERSPECTIVES IN PHYSICAL MORPHOLOGY

R. G. Abraham


Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 OHA, United Kingdom


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CLASSICAL MORPHOLOGY AND THE HUBBLE SYSTEM
How should we judge the Hubble system?
Physical foundations of the Hubble sequence
Ellipticals
Age Controversy
Environmental Effects
Luminosity and the Fundamental Plane
S0 Galaxies
Late-type Galaxies
Two physical regimes along the tuning fork?
Bulge formation
An improved Hubble system?

MORPHOLOGY AT HIGH REDSHIFTS
The nature of high-z peculiar galaxies
The evolving merger rate
When does a merger become a galaxy?
Morphologies of Lyman-limit systems considered dangerous
New classes of galaxies

REFERENCES

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